A new novel from the onetime bad girl of American letters is disarmingly big-hearted, empathetic and moving – and haunted by past fictions
In the age of acid rain, mass tourism and terrorism, should we be making facsimile backups of the world's treasures?
"Watching this sort of film in 2016 is a question of how much of your curate's egg you can stomach being revolting before you throw up"
" I stepped out on to my little balcony several times to view the water and distant mountains, and not once was the air like milk. Not even the condensed stuff, which I like"
Neil Stewart travels through the 4000+ pages of Marcel Proust's masterwork via Brazil, Scotland, Turkey and Australia
Deborah Charles on how Fellini reinvented Rome: "After the austerity of fascism and rationing, La Dolce Vita was sexy, glamorous and magnificent"
How I lost a museum but discovered a city
Is it the world’s most exciting contemporary art institution? Or is it just that all the others are so awful
Civilian arts editor Neil D.A. Stewart looks back over the last 12 months and gives us his take on the most impressive reads of the year