Monthly Archives: November 2013

Doris Lessing, obituary

Doris Lessing was a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and feminist flag-bearer whose controversial bestsellers stretched the boundaries of realist fiction. Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, who has died aged 94, was one of the towering figures of modern literature; in…

Benjamin Britten Centenary

Benjamin Britten centenary: how the composer proved the sneerers wrong Benjamin Britten may have been mocked in his lifetime, but his greatness is clear today, says Ivan Hewett. TheTelegraph

How did ancient Greek music sound?

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering….. BBC

Public memorials

By Simon Schama Ten years on, the victims of 9/11 have been memorialised at the site of the former World Trade Center. The winning design was chosen from more than 5,000 submissions – so what makes a successful memorial?…. The…

John Tavener dies

Michael J. Stewart For the composer John Tavener, who has died aged 69, creativity sprang from religious faith. Many of his works held an appeal for audiences that did not necessarily identify with contemporary music or the theological values from…

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons’s work is childish — just like us Susan Moore The contrast could not have been more acute. It came the day after a press release from Christie’s New York pinged into my inbox announcing the forthcoming sale of…

Dame Edna and retirement

Dame Edna is hanging up her tiara. From now on the ‘failed comedian’, as Edna calls her alter ego Barry Humphries, will have to make do without her. Her current tour includes a run at the London Palladium but after…

The Grayson Perry Reith Lectures

You’ve probably already read or heard somewhere that the inspiration for Grayson Perry’s current series of Reith Lectures on Radio 4 was none other than Lynda Snell. (I wonder if she knows.) What a coup for the establishment network, the home service,…

The Marcel Proust 100th Anniversary

“In Search of Lost Time.” Proust’s novel is so unusually ambitious, so accomplished, so masterful in cadence and invention that it is impossible to compare it with anyone else’s. He is unabashedly literary and so unapologetic in his encyclopedic range that…

Irony

Our collective sense of irony, it seems, has never been in better health. We say, “How ironic!” as a politician’s hypocrisy is exposed; we laugh knowingly as Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter egos eviscerate their prey with perfect Socratic irony; we…