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SPECIAL REPORT 54Can ageing be stopped?
PHILIP HUNTER Can the human lifespan be expanded beyond 120 years?
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
ROBERT DRUMMOND &
ALEXANDER LINKLATER Should I release my patient?
TUMBLER Condi keeps losing her men.
FINTAN O’TOOLE The cure for Anglophobia.
ALEX RENTON Why you should tip in secret.
MICHAEL PREST The decline of the stock exchange.
TIM KING The Porto Alegre approach to lycées.
PHILIP BALL Why use polonium?
MANNEKEN PIS Farewell Javier Solana.
80Notes from underground
DAN KUPER They ﬁnally sacked me.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13Mini interview JONATHAN POWER 15Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
FICTION 5821st century Juliet
ROSE TREMAIN If I marry Perry Paris, the family estate will be saved—but I love a builder boy.
REVIEWS 66Publishing confessions
TREVOR DOLBY After some spectacular ﬂops in 2006, the celebrity memoir has been declared dead. The man who helped to create the genre reckons we shouldn’t write it off yet.
68The executioner’s voice
JONATHAN DERBYSHIRE Jonathan Littell’s Goncourt-winning novel raises questions about history, morality and luck.
69The fat ofthe land
JACK THURSTON Individuals may not own countries any more, but land and how it is taxed still matters.
70A kind ofgenius
ERIK TARLOFF Pynchon’s new novel is full of great jokes and gorgeous writing—but it is also incoherent and emotionally distancing. Is the journey worth it?
MARK COUSINS Mainstream cinema goes dark.
BEN LEWIS The Chinese contemporary art boom.
72Between the lines
JASON COWLEY Word-of-mouth successes.
STEPHEN EVERSON Saving Brahms.
Harvey Cole responds to Adair Turner on climate economics
Ben Rogers on the school burden
Nick Crowe on background music
Charlotte Eagar on women in Afghanistan
David Soskiceon PR and the left
John Kay on tampering with national statistics
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