Kiril Kobrin's take on the bombings in Boston and the "information wall" that isolates society from what's really going on in the world
On the upsurge of populism in Europe
What can the study of viruses tell us about the evolution of languages?
On pop song lyrics that postulate as true poetry
An interview with Roberts Ķīlis, the former Latvian Minister of Education
How to you reduce gun crime in the U.S. when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Translated from The Atlantic, December 2012
An interview with the French-Russian mathematician Misha Gromov
On the influence of Richard Wagner on contemporary visual arts
In 1957, Capote traveled to Japan to meet Marlon Brando, who was at that time in Kyoto doing location work for the Hollywood movie Sayonara. The result of this meeting is a story which remains a yardstick by which celebrity profiles are measured
"Following the meeting, I always feel an irresistible desire for a drink of alcohol or at least a cigarette. Faced with my daughter's question, "How was the meeting?", I usually remain silent"
Uldis Tīrons talks with the Russian film director Vladimir Hotinenko, author of the eight-part TV series Dostoyevsky
An essay to mark the death of the American film critic Roger Ebert, whose Romanesque thumbs up/thumbs down rating scheme became the standard selection filter for people planning their film-going weekends.