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56Albert Ellis The foul-mouthed father of cognitive therapy, Albert Ellis, is a modern Diogenes. JULES EVANS
10Letter from Berlin Hey, I found a trampoline! JULIAN GOUGH
20Washington watch Will Bloomberg run? TUMBLER
26Matters of taste Foods for all seasons. ALEX RENTON
43Rivers of Babylon Are the Sunnis finally accepting the inevitable? NIBRAS KAZIMI
48Inefficient markets Exporting our higher education. MICHAEL PREST
54These islands Cardiffs I have known. JOHN WILLIAMS
59Brussels diary Sarkozy outflanks Brown. MANNEKEN PIS
80Confessions Why I took 100 paracetamol. CAR HILLS
04Letters 06News & curiosities 08Grayling’s question 08Enigmas & puzzles 73Classifieds 78The generalist 79The list
Alexander Fiske Harrison goes bullfighting. James Drummond on the endgame in Iraq. Kate Saunders confesses. Chris Wilkinson on peripatetic theatre. The next issue of Prospectis published on 30th August
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60 Extra geography We were fourteen. We decided to fall in love with the next person we saw. ROSE TREMAIN
64 Champion of the arts John Tusa reveals how he transformed the ailing Barbican into one of the world’s best centres for high culture.
66 A dictatorship of idiots? Critics of websites such as Wikipedia claim they are eroding expertise. But would anyone really want to put the clock back? JAMES CRABTREE
67 Motorcycle diaries The neglected war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has killed 4m people, tells us more about Africa’s problems than do Darfur or Rwanda.
68 Chile’s poet-revolutionary Since his death in 2003, Chilean novelist Roberto Bolañño has undergone a process of sanctification. PHILIP OLTERMANN
69 Life in Extremistan Unforeseen events like 9/11 may be on the rise. Is it possible to improve our predictions, or should we simply accept what we don’t know? TOM NUTTALL
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PERVEZ HOODBHOY on the roots of Pakistani extremism
WILLIAM PFAFF on Jonathan Power’s Conundrums of Humanity
TOM CHATFIELD on Sarah Hall’s new novel, The Carhullan Army
Revisit our past coverage of some of the topics covered in this issue.
JAY RAYNER on the marketing of pop music to children
TONY PARSONS on the musical generation gap and Britpop
ALAN RYAN debates whether Christianity has been a disaster
BRUCE CLARK on Muslims in Birmingham
62Widescreen What road movies tell us. MARK COUSINS
71Private view A reluctant art photographer. BEN LEWIS
72Performance notes Operatic turkeys. MARTIN KETTLE
77Smallscreen Don’t privatise C4. CHRISTOPHER HIRD
ZOE HELLER & ROY PORTER on Prozac and the chemistry of happiness MAGNUS LINKLATER on the decline in Britain’s mental health services
GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT looks back on 1997: the year of the New Labour landslide and the death of Diana
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF,ZOE HELLER,
IAN BURUMA,KATE KELLAWAY & OTHERS consider the meaning of Diana
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