Snowden and Goethe

Sean Williams | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics
Sean Williams

Edward Snowden and I have a couple of things in common. While he's a fugitive in an airport's transit zone, I'm hiding out in a university library: tw...

Faust's Utopia

Paul Hewitt | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Hewitt

Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust is one of the central myths of the Western world.

Beethoven and Barenboim at the BBC Proms

Neil Simpson | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

Kenneth Clark once noted that he could not describe 'civilisation' - but he knew it when he saw it. With Beethoven's fifth, sixth and ninth symphonies, I wouldn't attempt to form any description of what human civilisation is or represents - but I know it when I hear it.

Creating Convenient History

Tom Stevenson | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK
Tom Stevenson

"The deepest, the only theme of human history," wrote Goethe in Israel in the Desert, "is the conflict of scepticism with faith". True or not, his wor...

I Hate Myself & I Want To Die: The Deadly Embrace of Rock Music & Suicide

Chris Price | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK
Chris Price

Untold column inches will rightly be expended this week marking the release twenty years ago of Nirvana's epoch-defining and cosmos-transforming album Nevermind. Rather more inches, I'm willing to bet, than were given over to World Suicide Prevention Day last week.