The TLS in 2015
By TOBY LICHTIG
On the app this week we are offering a comprehensive, free selection of TLS articles from the year gone by. For devoted readers of the paper this will be a look back on 2015. For those new to it we hope you’ll enjoy a taster of what we do. The articles gathered here, like those gathered every week, cover a broad range of subjects, from the latest in fiction and fashion, anthropology and philosophy; science, travel, music, history, classics and film. And within those categories our writers range far and wide to report on, and critique, advances in scholarship; new attempts by writers and artists to express and understand the world in which we live.
Peter Coates considers how horses revolutionized indigenous America, Lydia Wilson assesses the avoidable aspects of the ongoing tragedy in Syria, while Peter Thonemann revisits the myths of Troy. David Papineau wonders where all the female philosophers have gone and Wendy Slater finds New Soviet Man alive and well in Transnistria. Sean O’Brien reflects on the young T. S. Eliot; Rona Cran on James Baldwin’s maverick approach to life; Emelyne Godfrey on the suffragette movement, a century on. We offer reviews of novels by Elizabeth Harrower, William Boyd and the latest Booker Prize-winner Marlon James. The many other contributions – by Raymond Tallis on mortality, Michael Hofmann on Bertolt Brecht, Mika Ross-Southall on fashion and society, Jay Rubin on the Japanese language, Christine Toomey on disaster tourism, to name a few – attest to the lifeblood of the TLS: serious analysis and well-argued opinion, backed up by stylish writing that aims to be a pleasure for the mind. We hope you enjoy reading, and we offer our best wishes for the forthcoming year. To download the TLS app and enjoy our complimentary selection from 2015, click here.