How did an economic model patched together 40 years ago by Deng Xiaoping with the assistance of a well-thumbed copy of Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Programme – and not much else – prove so effective for China, an economy which has grown fifty-fold since 1978?
Mary’s Shelley’s great novel, published 200 years ago this month, retains a peculiar relevance, resonating with today’s hopes and fears for the possibilities opened by artificial intelligence (AI) and synthetic biology.
Helvetica may still be the only typeface to have starred in a movie. But another great European font, which turned 90 this year, has had a still more profound impact on the world’s visual culture. An excerpt from a feature on the cultural history of the typeface Futura I wrote for The New European.
Might it be possible to design some form of confederacy preserving Israeli and Palestinian nationhood while granting mutual access to the same territory? I look at the ‘parallel states solution’ in light of the White House’s decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.