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    1. May 8, 2014

      American Interior – film review

      Historical documentaries come no goofier or more compelling than American Interior. All it takes to tell the story of John...

    2. February 21, 2014

      Delhi and democracy: a challenge for India

      Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi, by Rana Dasgupta, Canongate, RRP£25, 512 pages Battles Half Won: India’s...

    1. February 20, 2014

      Only Lovers Left Alive – film review

      Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are aeons-old vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive. Jim Jarmusch, the sage and mage of...

    2. February 14, 2014

      Rays of hope from mining’s depths

      Mark Twain defined a mine as “a hole in the ground with a liar at the top”. Times have changed since sharp-talking promoters...

    3. August 23, 2013

      Crime fiction craftsman whose writerly roots lay in westerns

      According to Ernest Hemingway, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn....

    4. August 11, 2013

      Gawain, Felsenreitschule, Salzburg Festival – review

      Dressed as Joseph Beuys, Gawain beheads the Green Knight with a chainsaw. “I am not that hero,” he sings later, as an...

    5. beyondbrics

      July 25, 2013

      EM bonds: hold those obituaries

      To paraphrase that famous quote from Mark Twain, the reports of the death of investor interest in emerging market bonds...

    6. The World

      May 1, 2013

      Running low on 'juice': Obama to look beyond Congress

      By Richard McGregor in Washington It is remarkable that Barack Obama, only months after a convincing re-election, seems to...

    7. February 12, 2013

      The case for helicopter money

      “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” This comment of...

    8. June 18, 2012

      Opec – hold those obituaries

      To paraphrase a famous quote from Mark Twain, the reports of Opec’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Soon after I...

    9. The World

      June 6, 2012

      Europe's corruption problem

      The launch event for the report in Brussels. Photo: Transparency International With its fragmenting monetary union,...

    10. February 21, 2012

      Greek accounting cannot hide the urgency for growth

      Asked whether he believed the scenarios under which the new €130bn bail-out for Greece would allow it to reach sustainable...

    11. December 9, 2011

      Small Talk: John Grisham

      John Grisham was working as a criminal lawyer at a Mississippi practice when he began to write fiction. His first novel, A...

    12. November 28, 2011

      More than one name but no lack of integrity

      From Mr Stephen Schwartz. Sir, I appreciate the irritation of those who have suffered from internet anonymity and the use of...

    13. November 6, 2011

      New-fangled convertibles poised to take off

      Mark Twain famously said reports of his death were “greatly exaggerated”, and the same might be true of contingent...

    14. September 2, 2011

      Business languishes in uneasy déjà vu

      The past week has conjured up Mark Twain’s famous dictum: “History does not repeat itself but it rhymes.” However, Economy...

    15. August 18, 2011

      The modern echoes in Mark Twain’s Pap

      Family vacations often take surprising turns. Mine this summer was marked by an unexpected – and enlightening – encounter...

    16. July 26, 2011

      Best Buy targets are stopping a debt deal

      Back in America’s gilded age, diagnosing legislative gridlock was so easy. Mark Twain put his finger on the problem: “It...

    17. June 17, 2011

      Bombshell for ‘Atomic Anne’

      Anne Lauvergeon: the Areva chief lost political support and was replaced by chief operating officer Luc Oursel Anne...

    18. FT Alphaville

      June 10, 2011

      Pimco explains how frogs make butter out of government debt

      You may remember Bill Gross’ sage advice to “buy cheap bonds” and his amphibious explainer: All right fellow frogs, so we’re...

    19. May 6, 2011

      Spring blooms with mixed signals

      Economy Watch would like to tip its hat to Mark Twain, who once remarked that he spotted 136 weather patterns in the 24...

    20. March 11, 2011

      Morning, Noon and Night

      Morning, Noon and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life’s Stages Through Books, by Arnold Weinstein, Random House, RRP$27, 464...

    21. February 28, 2011

      US will win from Middle East domino effect

      Mark Twain famously said that “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme”. As investors consider the ramifications of...

    22. FT Alphaville

      January 20, 2011

      Macabre Mark Twain mathematics

      “The Rumors of my Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” – Mark Twain The Wall Street Journal has a further news on Thursday...

    23. January 7, 2011

      Christmas challenge: the answers

      Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to David...

    24. January 7, 2011

      Do they smoke in heaven?

      Sir David Tang offers his idiosyncratic advice to readers I once saw you in New York outside Harry Cipriani at the...

    25. January 7, 2011

      Let Huck Finn tell it as it was

      “That is just the way with some people,” says Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s eponymous novel, published in 1885. “They get...

    26. Economists' Forum

      December 2, 2010

      Deaf to history's rhyme: Why President Obama is failing

      By Thomas I. Palley The great American novelist Mark Twain observed “history does not repeat itself but it rhymes.” Today...

    27. July 6, 2010

      US and Israel patch up relationship

      Barack Obama struck a conciliatory note towards Israel on Tuesday when he described Benjamin Netanyahu as a leader “willing...

    28. July 5, 2010

      Twain’s Feast

      Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens, by Andrew Beahrs, Penguin Press...

    29. May 17, 2010

      No excuses for a world in denial

      "Everyone talks about the weather," Mark Twain observed, "but nobody does anything about it." The aphorism rings true today...

    30. May 17, 2010

      Fast Forward

      . Instead, they argue, the world’s most important powers, particularly the US, China, India and the European Union, should...

    31. May 5, 2010

      Tom Sawyer's action-packed vacation

      From Prof Bob Blakley. Sir, Michael Skapinker and William Fischel (April 27), as well as Paul Reinke (Letters, April 29 ),...

    32. April 16, 2010

      Mark Twain: ‘the true father of all American literature’ ?

      Mark Twain took to wearing his trademark white suits in 1906 Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L Clemens, by Jerome...

    33. April 12, 2010

      Suspect ‘profits’ from Tarp funds

      From Mr Christopher Whalen. Sir, your headline “Treasury return on Tarp funds climbs to $10bn” (April 6) suggests that the...

    34. March 27, 2010

      The allure of cruises

      The Royal Princess and postcards of, from top left, Alexandria, Port Suez, Pompeii, Anacapri and Jerusalem A stately woman...

    35. February 19, 2010

      Investors drawn to farmland

      Mark Twain once said “buy land, they’re not making it any more” – and it seems private investors share his view. Many are...

    36. February 6, 2010

      Masterful Salinger deserved better

      From Mr Paul Kane. Sir, I thought your obituary on J.D. Salinger was disappointing and missed the mark in conveying much of...

    37. January 30, 2010

      Voice of disaffected youth who withdrew from the world

      Seldom has a man who wrote so few words attracted so many as J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author who died on Thursday at his...

    38. January 29, 2010

      The reclusive voice of disaffected youth

      Seldom has a man who wrote so few words attracted so many as J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author who died on Thursday at his...

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