2010 Music Predictions
Jacqueline Springer and Robert Sandall discuss the new artists and musical genres likely to kick off the new decade in 2010.
Panos Karnezis on The Convent
The Convent is the latest novel from the Greek writer Panos Karnezis.The Convent by Panos Karnezis
Annie Proulx declared his first collection of short stories "the literary find of the year" when it came out in 2002.
Two years later his novel The Maze was shortlisted for Britain prestigious Whitbread First Novel Award.
The Parisian artist and sculptor, Christian Boltanski, tells The Strand why he has sold part of himself, in the form of cameras capturing him working in his studio and projecting this into a cave in Tasmanian for the rest of his life.Related: Christian Boltanski interview
The Real Samurai
The figure of a fiercely disciplined, deadly Samurai swordsman is one of Japan's most iconic cultural exports, regularly cropping up around the world in movies, comics, computer games and even hip hop lyrics.www.metmuseum.org
But how much of this portrayal is fact and how much is fiction?
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art attempts to clarify as it plays temporary host to the largest and most prestigious exhibition of Samurai swords and armour ever assembled outside Japan.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…