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Popper liked to go a-wooing

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics. By Daniel Stedman Jones. Princeton University Press; 418 pages; $35 and £24.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

HOW did a few Viennese economists persuade a grocer’s daughter, a former film star and Europe’s greatest chicken farmer to unr

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. By Robin Sloan. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 288 pages; $25. Buy from Amazon.com

WHEN Clay Jannon, a young web-designer from San Francisco, gets laid off, he takes a job at Mr Penumbra’s round-the-clock bookshop. During his night shift, eccentric visitors exchange ancient leather-bound tomes written in code from a t

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Rian Johnson's film was made with the help of Chinese funding in Shanghai and satisfies country's appetite for action

Artistes can be notoriously reluctant to compromise their creative vision at the behest of the Man. Not so director Rian Johnson. He agreed to transplant the plot of his latest sci-fi blockbuster to another continent – from Paris to...

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Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease. By Mark Harrison. Yale University Press; 376 pages; £25. To be published in America in January; $38. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. By David Quammen. W.W. Norton; 592 pages; $28.95. Bodley Head; £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

ON OCTOBER

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t. By Nate Silver. Penguin Press; 534 pages; $27.95. Allen Lane; £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

NATE SILVER serves as a sort of Zen master to American election-watchers. While pundits rake over opinion polls, economic data and the other daily flotsam of election campaigns,

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When the Nigerian film industry gets it right, it's marvellous, says poet and critic Odia Ofeimun

Nigerian poet and critic, Odia Ofeimun, has been writing about life in Lagos for the last forty years. His observations reflect many of the key tensions in contemporary Nigerian life. The following quotes are culled from my interview with him at his...

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Brilliant brush

IT IS evening. The sky is a dirty blue, the wispy clouds a pinkish colour—and the gondolas lit up by the fading sun. In the distance, Venice’s cemetery island, San Michele, rises in the lagoon. This view of the city was painted by Francesco Guardi not long before he died in 1793. If Venice’s best-known painter, Canaletto, created imp

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With less risk than Ricky Gervais and less chance of a Franco- style meltdown, the Family Guy creator looks to have the chops

What an inspired choice. The host of next year's Oscars is to be Seth Macfarlane, the creator of TV's American Dad and Family Guy and, on the big screen, Ted – his bad-taste comedy about male infantilism.

The Academy is now...

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By Leif Johnson | Sep 30, 2012

Taking in the view from level 90.

Sometime around 4 am on Sunday morning, I hit level 90. I'd been taking my time and enjoying the sights of the last two leveling zones, but I wanted to hurry to the end because World of Warcraft -- for better or for worse -- has always placed its best content at...

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