Cracking the da Vinci code

__

The victory of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution happened 100 years ago last week. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum explains the how and why.

What King Salman Is Thinking

__

As Saudi Arabia undergoes apparent political purges, take a look at this excellent primer on the mind of King Salman and his designated successor Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  Brian Jay Jones on Jim Henson, Sesame Street, and the Muppets

Muppet Maestro

An Interview with Bryan Jay Jones

__

Jim Henson's greatness lay in his ability to speak at the same time to adults and children, the aesthetic and the commercial, the human and the artificial.

Why Europe Is Falling Apart

__

Catalonia's independence vote has presented Spain with its gravest political crisis since the civil war.