From THES, John D. Brewer reflects on his passion for Alfred Edward Housman and Edward William Elgar, two artists who transcended social convention and produced work redolent of a bygone time and place. A review of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society by Katharine Hibbert. A review of Road Runner: An Indian Quest in America by Dilip D'Souza. Swan song of the thong: The once-hot garment is falling from favour — blame cold reality. Our grandchildren as political props: What are our real obligations to future generations? From TED, Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story; and Bill Gates on innovating to zero carbon emissions. Rescued from racism by the love of GK: At 20 the National Front's youth leader was sent to jail; today Joseph Pearce is a leading Catholic writer. The introduction to Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History by John David Lewis. From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s new moralist. Der Jude is now Der Book: Alan Kaufman on electronic book burning (and part 2). From Politics, a look at how digital ads helped turn CNN’s Lou Dobbs problem into a PR nightmare. The attack of the 13th fairy: An interview with Alexander Kluge on the Internet, dragonfly intelligence and why he likes "gardener" as a job description. From New Matilda, the culture wars are over in Australia — the proof? Nobody cares about Keith Windschuttle's The Fabrication of Aboriginal History; and why are so many of us ready to indulge a myopic francophilia? The New Golden Age: The history of investment and technology suggests that economic recovery is closer than you think, with a new silicon-based global elite at the helm. Seven things about the economy that everyone should be more worried about than they are.