Culture

  • MARION COUTTS' FIERCE MEMOIR

    Six Good Books: our literary editor Maggie Fergusson recommends a shocking account of loss, an enlightening guide to money, and a moving novel from Marilynne Robinson read more »
  • DANCING OUT OF OBSCURITY

    Short Read: it took ten years to hone their style and four minutes to go mainstream. Hazel Sheffield on Future Islands' breakthrough—and their frontman's moves read more »
  • TROUBLE IN PARADISE

    Found in Translation: Simon Willis enjoys a Colombian novel of corrupted innocence, published in English more than 30 years after it was written read more »
  • CHEKHOV'S TRAGI-COMIC COLLISION

    Notes on a Voice: Robert Butler pinpoints a prose style as comfortable with fly-ridden grime as champagne and chandeliers read more »
  • SQUARING THE CIRCLE

    Authors on Museums: as a boy in The Hague, Joseph O'Neill was bored by the Mondrians at the Gemeentemuseum. Returning from his home in New York, he goes "from seeing to sensing" read more »
  • A DAN OF MANY PARTS

    Short Read: for her pick of this season's rock music, Hazel Sheffield tunes into the programmed beats of Dan Snaith's band Caribou read more »