Helen Scott

  • Giving voice to world war

    In the new film The King's Speech, Britain's monarch overcomes a debilitating speech impediment--in order to declare war.

  • The myths of Freedom

    In a novel that's at least partly about political alternatives, it's striking that Jonathan Franzen's new book is so limited in the views it puts forward.

  • Images of a revolutionary life

    Ninety years after her death, Rosa Luxemburg's life is the subject of an online exhibition that documents the achievements of this great revolutionary.

  • There is no way out of here

    After six wonderful years, it's hard to say goodbye to Battlestar Galactica. But did the finale measure up to what came before?

  • Blood types

    Ever since Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, vampire stories have exerted a fascination, but the long list of contemporary versions is remarkable.

  • A tale of who gets eaten and who gets to eat

    Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger tells the story of "two Indias"--the world of the rich and the world of the poor.

  • Not-so-good old days

    With its obsessive attention to detail, the TV show Mad Men recreates the chilling world of the early 1960s office workplace.

  • The other Tudors

    On paper, The Other Boleyn Girl had everything going for it: stellar cast, fine director, gorgeous sets, juicy story. So how did it manage to be so dull?

  • A poet of Black pride

    The poet, playwright and revolutionary Aimé Césaire died after a life spent participating in some of the 20th century's most important moments.