The news is bad, but on Del Rey’s watch the poetry is sometimes pretty good, and getting better

Rejoice, Ripley is back! But why are we so drawn to Patricia Highsmith’s anti-hero?

As the Government injects 1.57bn into arts and culture, Alexander Larman considers the reactions from those in the industry

Does culture have a future in the post-lockdown world?

The Gurlitt affair looked as if it might be unpicked but it has proved intractable

Can the arts survive coronavirus?

As Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light is released this week, Alexander Larman examines the over-excitement of high-profile releases

Simon Callow reviews A Fate Worse than Hollywood by David Ambrose

George Orwell pursued women with enthusiasm and varying degrees of success