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February 2021, Issue 493 Charles Darwent on Francis Bacon * Kevin Jackson on Stanley Kubrick * Joanna Kavenna on a medical dreambook * Owen Matthews on a coup in Turkey * Jonathan Meades on Uwe Johnson in Sheerness * Oliver Balch on rare metals * Juliet Hindell on Japan * Tom Holland on Cormac McCarthy * Claudia FitzHerbert on Elizabeth Barrett Browning * Judith Hawley on Mary Wollstonecraft * Jonathan Rée on Heinrich Heine * John Maier on millennials * Adrian Tinniswood on London in the 17th century * Noonie Minogue on Mary Lawson * Houman Barekat on Patricia Lockwood * David Collard on Kevin Davey *  and much, much more…

Judith Hawley

Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics

By Sylvana Tomaselli

While Mary Wollstonecraft earned her place at the table for pioneering women in Judy Chicago’s art installation The Dinner Party (1974–9), she would not be everyone’s ideal guest. She has a reputation as an acerbic killjoy. She deemed novels to be the ‘spawn of idleness’. She did not embrace women in sisterhood but censured them for their propensity to ‘despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain’. Wollstonecraft has proved both an inspiration and a challenge to those who have come after her. Her life and works, as Sylvana Tomaselli demonstrates in this wide-ranging new book, contain startling contradictions. On the one hand, she championed women’s capacity for reason in an age that... read more

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Kevin Jackson

Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker

By David Mikics

There’s an old but revealing joke: Steven Spielberg dies and ascends to Heaven. At the pearly gates, St Peter checks his files and says, apologetically, ‘I’m sorry, Steve. We don’t let your kind in here.’ ‘What?’ shouts Spielberg. ‘You mean Jews?’ ‘Oh no, no, of course not,’ says St Peter. ‘Heaven has no time for that sort of nonsense. We have lots and lots of Jews here. Why, the boss’s son is... read more

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