Issue 1397

06 Sep 2021
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About this issue: Overview

Pack Mentality
From Breakfast Club rebel to indie cinema star, Judd Nelson’s near 40-year career has made him more Hollywood than most. But the Brat Packer comes without airs and graces, as Simon Bland finds when their interview goes a little awry

What nomads can teach us
It was when humans stopped being nomadic that we became estranged from our environment, argues Felix Marquardt. And that brought with it an obsession with growth, suspicions and damaging addictions – as he knows from his own experience

Organ Lessons
We think of transplant surgery as a modern scientific wonder but, as Paul Craddock discovered, it goes back centuries. And it also provokes elemental questions about what it means to have a body, even what it means to be alive


A new version of Dracula comes to the stage, actor Samuel West’s letter to his younger self, a tribute to a lost vendor and news, reviews and what’s on where.