Thing theory

Is consumerism on the decline — or just taking a different form?

Pope Francis
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Pope Francis’s mercy mission

Can the pope’s call for a more tolerant Catholic Church carry modernisers and traditionalists?

An illustration of Mega-City One, the futuristic setting of the Judge Dredd comic strip in 2000 AD
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The vision thing: how to predict the future

Forecasts of what to expect decades from now will probably fail. But that is no reason to stop making them, writes Stephen Cave

Actors of the Théâtre du Soleil prepare for a performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes in Paris
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Shakespeare 400 years on

Four hundred years after his death, the poet and playwright is more than ever a global figure

Frank Sinatra on his private plane, 1962, from ‘The Rat Pack’ (Reel Art Press), a limited-edition book of many previously unpublished photographs
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Sinatra’s way

A century on from his birth, the mythology surrounding the singer’s life is starting to wear thin, writes Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Sinatra’s way

A century on from his birth, the musical gifts of Frank Sinatra loom as large as they ever did. But the mythology surrounding his life is starting to wear thin

The struggle for Ukraine

Tony Barber on how Kiev found itself fighting a belated war of independence

Eliot and the echo-chamber

Christopher Ricks’s annotated edition of the poet’s works is literary criticism at its best. By John Sutherland

A copy of the best-known portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The oil on canvas work was painted in 1900 by Malcolm Steward
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Simon Schama on the rediscovery of Shelley

What a long-lost early work tells us about the Romantic and revolutionary poet

The Trump effect

An impressive biography and a pitch for the US presidency offer conflicting narratives, writes Edward Luce

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