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books December 22, 2018

Closing the book on anonymity

When The Saturday Paper launched in March 2014, we chose to experiment with publishing book reviews anonymously. As with everything else, we wanted to test the orthodoxy of our culture. More correctly, these reviews have been pseudonymous, with...

books December 22, 2018

Best Books of 2018 #1

If you told me at the beginning of 2018 that my book of the year would be the memoir of a transgender man who took up boxing, I would have offered you generous odds against it. But here is Thomas Page McBee’s tough, tender, wise and moving Amateur...

portrait December 22, 2018

Artist Wendy Whiteley

A visit to the home of artist Wendy Whiteley.

books December 22, 2018

Best Books of 2018 #2

No Friend But the Mountains , the electrifying “memoir of ideas” by the refugee journalist-philosopher Behrouz Boochani is my book of the year. Boochani defied every attempt of successive governments to deny refugees such as him a voice,...

art December 22, 2018

Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate

Bursting with colour, overwrought with emotion and rich in symbolism – the grandiloquent works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood leave the Tate to enliven the walls of the NGA in an exhibition powerful enough to convert even a non-fan.

television December 22, 2018

The gilded age of Netflix

The Golden Age of television is giving way to a period more gilded, but streaming giant Netflix has still bankrolled some worthy viewing this year, in the form of Dumplin’ and American Vandal.

culture December 22, 2018

Robin DiAngelo, an agent of change

Robin DiAngelo knows a lot about white privilege – it’s in her DNA. The American academic, author and anti-racism advocate talks about how structures of whiteness and so-called white progressives are continuing to damage the lives of people of colour. ‘I grew up in poverty … I was a feminist for most of my life before I realised I could also be an oppressor. But I draw from my experience of oppression … I think that helps. The key is not to exempt myself from being an oppressor, just because I experience oppression. Ask anyone if they’d rather be poor and white or poor and brown – I knew I was poor, but I also knew I was white.’

fiction December 22, 2018

Louisiana heron

A new short story from an award-winning author.

books December 20, 2018

Quarterly Essay 72 – Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 20, 2018

Hazards of Time Travel

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 20, 2018

Islands

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.