The extinction of the passenger pigeon

How the death of Martha in 1914 marked the end for a species that used to number in the billions

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FILES, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 19: This file photo dated 19 October 1992 shows senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping waving during the 14th Communist Party Congress. The Chinese media broke a long-standing taboo on reporting about the health of Deng Xiaoping, with news that the paramount leader is "doing well." All of China's daily newspapers published front-page reports 19 September about Deng's health after picking up comments made by Prime Minister Li Peng to AFP chairman Lionel Fleury during an interview 18 September. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read FILE/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
China is marking 110 years since the birth of its former leader. Writing in 2011, former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten reviewed ‘Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China’
Martin Luther King Jr during 'The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom' ©Eyevine
In August last year, the FT marked 50 years since Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech with this essay by Ayana Mathis

Martin Amis on Hitler and the nature of evil

In this edited afterword to his new novel ‘The Zone of Interest’, the author discusses Primo Levi and the incomprehensible brutality of the Nazis

Illustration by James Ferguson by Jean Pigozzi
©James Ferguson

Jean Pigozzi

Over gnocchi in Cannes, the investor and socialite talks about clothes for ‘rich old men’ and why his idea of paradise is browsing for electrical gadgets

The State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat
©Robert Harding

Turkmenistan: of deserts and despots

Horatio Clare ventures into the central Asian nation, where a Silk Road past meets a post-Soviet future

From left: Alexa Chung does pinstripes; Charlotte Rampling in the 1970s; Daria Werbowy in a self-portrait for Equipment
©Flynet; Keystone/Getty Images

Why mannish shirts are a woman’s best friend

Smart, chic and a little saucy – why borrowed-from-the-boyfriend is a classic look

Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour Psycho’ (1993)
©Antonia Reeve

25 years of Scottish contemporary art

‘Generation’ is an ambitious series of exhibitions – despite some puzzling omissions

‘The Paying Guests’, by Sarah Waters

A novel about social barriers coming down in 1920s London. Review by Charlotte Mendelson

John Cale, photographed in New York last year
©Chester Higgins Jr/The New York Times/Redux

John Cale: rock and drones

How a contentious weapon of war is subverted in the Velvet Underground veteran’s new London show

sari-wearing models of (L-R): Manish Arora, Rahul Mishra, Naeem Khan, and Pero
©Catwalking

The rise and rise of Indian fashion

Beyond the sari: how Indian designers are wooing a global market

David Bowie in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ (1976)
©British Film Institute

‘Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’, London

Antonia Quirke on Britain’s eccentric contributions to sci-fi coming soon to the British Film Institute

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