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48 John Stuart Mill
Mill left no systematic legacy—there is no “Millism.” But 200 years after his birth, his liberalism is still relevant. And Britain’s greatest ever public intellectual was often surprisingly contrarian.
68 Can you get Lost?
Enlightenment philosophers, polar bears and pirate ships all feature in Lost—but it’s really about America.
69 A taste of the Wigmore
10 Tillyard’s tales
Ailing in Italy.
John Gilhooly’s ﬁrst season as artistic director of the Wigmore Hall will be a test of judgement, not personality.
20 Out of mind
ROBERT DRUMMOND & ALEXANDER LINKLATER
21 Washington watch
Time to rethink the 100-minute ﬁlm.
Can the Dems sweep the midterms? FICTION
71 Private view
43 Lab report
56 The American brick problem
The Serpentine supercurator.
What can we learn from the catastrophic Northwick drug trials?
My father learned about Malaysian rubber from me, and began burning it to make bricks.
72 Cultural tourist
An unknown heads up the Edinburgh festival. Plus Under the radar.
47 Inefﬁcient markets
Pascal Lamy must save Doha.
64 The science of belief 54 Brussels diary
MANNEKEN PIS AS BYATT
What went wrong with Green Wing?
How Eurosceptic is Gordon Brown?
80 Common law
Sceptics increasingly seek to explain faith as a product of nature. Lewis Wolpert’s new book suggests it is down to tool-making.
FORTHCOMING Yvonne Ndege on land reform in South Africa Steve Kelly on US soccer International symposium on Iran and the west Michael Lind on Richard Rodriguez
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65 Global Shakespeare
6 Letters 8 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Critics of the Globe Theatre have been proved wrong—it has some of the best Shakespeare in the country.
66 Learning to be ordinary
There are many books about autism, but few as original as Kamran Nazeer’s account.
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