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The resilience of the right in Europe and the Anglosphere.
Our most secure encryption systems, such as RSA and elliptic curves, could be broken by quantum computing.
When Larissa MacFarquhar told people she was working on a book about extreme altruists, she was asked the same, telling question again and again: “But aren’t they mentally ill?”
When Efraim Zuroff went abroad this summer, he visited about 25 sites of mass murder. “That’s how I have a holiday, apparently".
The defeat in the general election and then the arrival of an unexpected leader: MPs are grappling to understand the new world in which they find themselves.
Blue-on-blue violence has escalated in the Conservative Party.
“Only looking back do I gather up the moments.”
I booked a cottage called Primrose Hall. I realised on arrival that I had committed myself to five days in a museum of Toryism.
Anthony Seldon's books can have a teacher's approach. Cameron, 7/10. Blair, 6/10, see me after class.
There is value in strategic looseness.
One Labour MP in Brighton spotted a baby in a red Babygro and said to me: “There’s our next [Labour] prime minister.”
The slogan of the conference was “Straight talking, honest politics” but the real theme was modernisers v Corbynites.
The party emerged from Brighton surprisingly unscathed. But no one expects the calm to endure.
Italy’s prime minister – “Europe’s last Blairite” – vowed to take on vested interests and smash open the economy. Can he still succeed?
The Messianic restlessness of the justice secretary.
A review of Ian Kershaw and Heinrich August Winkler’s accounts of Europe’s “age of catastrophe”, 1914-49.
There is something unsettling about the western media’s fascination with North Korea, as these two books reveal.
Germaine Greer looks for the real Shakespeare in James Shapiro’s 1606: the Year of Lear.
The Health Gap: the Challenge of an Unequal World by Michael Marmot reviewed.
Robert Bringhurst and the rediscovery of the Haida mythtellers.
Jeanette Winterson's The Gap of Time is full of metaphorical riches.
Neel Mukherjee is moved and unsettled by everything from psychological realism to ghost stories.
The art critic who contains multitudes.
“The adulteress” and “The H Man”.
Jonathan Bate’s unauthorised biography confirms that, no matter how energetic his love life, Hughes’s obsession with Plath never faded.
Asking a decent editor to save this book would have been like asking a doctor to help a corpse that had fallen from the top of the Empire State Building.
Experimental writing is not always immediately appreciated. As the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction announces its 2015 shortlist, we asked some of our favourite writers which past British or Irish novel deserves a retrospective award.
Without even looking at Sutherland’s portrait, Churchill decreed it “a remarkable example of modern art”, cue much sycophantic laughter from his parliamentary colleagues.
Thanks to the success of Gravity, autumn is now the time of sophisticated cinematic spectaculars – hence the arrival of Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk.
Chris Moyles has settled thoroughly into middlebrow white indie, positively tender compared to his days on Radio 1.
Guernsey Airport is pretty weird; but then, so is the rest of the island.
There is nothing quite like watching oneself at work to spur development – and videos can help us understand patients, too.
I find that if I watch three live games in a weekend, which often happens, I have totally forgotten the first two by the time the third comes up.
The slight lip around the edge is no mere bourgeois affectation; it keeps the food contained in its proper place.
The mirror is still there, though, into which I would, as Nigel Molesworth put it, gaze at my strange unatural (sic) beauty, and ask what purpose it served.
At that time we did talk about the occupation of Ireland. Now we have to pretend we didn’t and it’s all the jolly UK and thank you, England for the peace process.
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