Category: Modern

Book clinic: can you recommend modern fiction to replace my love of classics?

‘Deliriously funny pastiche’: Francis Spufford. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian Q: How can I wean myself off classics and on to something more contemporary? Anna Morton, 49, Oxfordshire A: Claire Armitstead, writer and critic, says: There are three possible prescriptions for your addiction. The first is the methodone approach: find a substitute that satisfies, without actually

Traces of two unknown archaic human species turn up in modern DNA

Evidence of two unknown, archaic human species has turned up in our DNA(Credit:sprestiges/Depositphotos) Fossils are the most reliable way we can piece together the history of humans, but some clues have been inside us all along. The human genome can tell us where we’ve come from, and it’s hiding more than a few surprises. Now

Modern monetary theory- a resurrection of a failed idea

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Policymakers in the developed world have been left gasping amidst the ruins of slow economic growth, high youth unemployment and rising income inequality. Such conditions are usually the perfect breeding ground for heterodox economic ideas. The contemporary avatar of such an idea is the sensational modern monetary theory (MMT).

City with a female face: how modern Vienna was shaped by women

Aspern Seestadt has an explicitly family-oriented design, with a specific emphasis on taking women’s needs into account in its planning. Photograph: Daniel Hawelka for Seestadt At 240 hectares, the neighbourhood of Aspern, Vienna, is one of the largest urban developments in Europe. By the time it is complete in 2028, it is due to be

Tate Modern wins privacy case brought by owners of £4m flats

Flat owners had objected to being waved at and photographed from Tate Modern’s rooftop terrace. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire One of Tate Modern’s most popular areas, a top-floor terrace that offers spectacular 360-degree views of London, is to remain fully open after neighbours lost a privacy case. More than half a million visitors a year get

Helping read ancient Indian art a tad better

In the three years since it was instituted, the Jehangir Nicholson Memorial Lecture, named after the art collector who died in 2001, has had some distinguished speakers. Harvard professor Homi Bhabha talked about the complexities that arise when the artist is a refugee. American art historian James Cuno discussed identity politics in modern museums. Last