Disobedient Objects has to be the most exciting, dynamic and emotive exhibition I've seen at the V&A. The purpose of this display is to examine the incorporation and evolution of art and design in protest movements across the world and it's very much the first exhibition to attempt this.
The country's role in the international arena is now extending far beyond sporting and musical events. Most prominently, Azerbaijan currently chairs the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation. In the words of President Aliyev, Azerbaijan is a young democracy but one that is on the way to "creating a better world for everyone to live in dignity and peace".
Well, actually two books. The first - an illuminated Hebrew manuscript from the 15th century. The other - a novel by prize-winning Australian-born author Geraldine Brooks. The two books converged in Sarajevo and I was compelled to visit.
Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?
In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'
Have you ever wished you could have a secret robot alter ego? Or that you could wander around a gallery alone late at night? Well, now you can combine both these fantasies in one as After Dark is launched at Tate Britain.
Glyndebourne is to opera what Glastonbury is to pop music. A summer festival that becomes an opportunity to experience the best in the classical music arena and to have a good time while having a picnic. The appreciation of the sheep is optional.
A group of artists in Bedfordshire are working hard to create a piece of unique, contemporary folklore that they hope will survive down the generations. It's called Wind Charming, and the tradition, now in its second year, sees local people take to the Dunstable Downs on the last Sunday in August to "charm" the wind.
The novel, set in a dystopia of the future, is a love story between loner artists, Ailinn and Kevern, and is a dark turn for a writer who has made his name by making others laugh. But behind every joke has not the impetus for its telling been borne of something more desperate and tragic?
When I first tried to contact John, it was Beverly who answered my emails. She set up an initial phone conversation with John, and then took the lead. Later the same year, I met Beverly and John in person at the LRB bookshop for a reading.
I have read a few articles and spoken to a couple of people in the book trade over the past week in relation to the ongoing dispute between Hachette (and Authors United) and Amazon. Most people who you will speak to, particularly inside the industry, will be squarely behind the authors.
A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' finest play and in this deeply affecting production at the Young Vic, Gillian Anderson gives quite probably her finest performance as Blanche DuBois...
'Elasticity', as the internet was slow to realize, does not exist in any physical form, but only in the doctored photographs, video, and text which comprise Le Nézet's press release. As anyone who had commuted through Dalston Junction in the intervening time could have told you, there were no enormous concrete blocks hanging from the ceiling of that particular underground station.
On Wednesday 13 August 2014, I'll be giving a talk at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about these and other related issues on the connection between free speech, humour and the public sphere as part of the Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public discussion series.
Architects, graphic designers, textile designers, playwriters, illustrators, they all have something in common: they are all cosmopolitan visionaries.
The works on show are from 25 leading international artists and span the past 25 years. Some of them are funny, some are traumatic. Some of the pieces seem so real, so true to life you could be forgiven for believing you are looking at a living statue.