Writing about hubris by Jonathan Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Mary Beard, Rodric Braithwaite, Marilyn Butler and Bruce Cumings.


Jonathan Barnes, 23 January 1986

Only things with wings can fly; no man can have wings: therefore no man can fly. Flying is strictly for the birds.

Cleopatra’s last public appearance in the city of Rome was in the form of a wax model, complete with model asp, carried in the victory parade of Octavian in 29 BC. Octavian – a...

New World Chaos

Rodric Braithwaite, 24 January 2013

Mark Mazower has written many elegant but gloomy books about the unending capacity of the Europeans to destroy one another. His new book is elegant, perceptive, stimulating and erudite. It deals...

Versatile Monster

Marilyn Butler, 5 May 1988

The plot of Frankenstein, Chris Baldick points out, can be summed up in two sentences. ‘Frankenstein makes a living creature out of bits of corpses. The creature turns against him and runs...

A Murderous History of Korea

Bruce Cumings, 18 May 2017

We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history on the part of the leaders of North Korea.

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