Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Kim is dead! Long live the Kim!

For only the second time in the country’s history, North Korea is having to cope with the death of its leader. Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack on Saturday while on his special train, apparently (you know, the special … Continue reading

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Are we back in the Great Depression? Let’s ask the arts.

Radio 4’s Today Programme aired a segment last week, with Claire Armitstead and John Bowen, on the subject of Dickens and debt, which (not inevitably) segued into the question of whether we are now seeing Depression literature. The idea that we are … Continue reading

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The deadliest war you’ve never heard of

We know you are a well-read bunch. Oh, you probably devour articles about Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria the next Middle Eastern military escapade. That’s why we don’t want to bore you with details about these well-known conflicts. We shan’t … Continue reading

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