The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the trouble with the Gibb brothers, the future of art and what Jay Z can teach us about philosophy.
Darius Clark Monroe has made a candid documentary about his criminal past – and subsequent redemption. Tom Brook reports.
An actor halted a play in London this week, concerned about an audience member and his mobile phone. Is it time to bring in strict rules for theatregoers?
The legendary country singer’s cartoonish image can seem at odds with her towering ambition and success. Katya Foreman explains why the joke’s on us.
As Japan’s revolutionary Shinkansen turns 50, Jonathan Glancey salutes a design classic that changed railway travel around the world.
Take a literary bar crawl with BBC Culture as Hephzibah Anderson reveals how booze and books make such fine bedfellows.
Artists in China are openly challenging the Communist Party over the nation’s pollution. Some are even devising solutions, reports Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
Goya’s unflinching cycle of drawings, The Disasters of War, are the most searing works of art ever to deal with conflict, argues Alastair Sooke.
During WWI, artists created optical illusions on water with camouflage ‘dazzle paintings’. Now a sculptor and a painter have revived the technique.
Oscar-winner Paul Haggis’ new film Third Person is inspired in part by Howard Hawks comedies. Alison Bailes speaks to the director about his movie influences.