Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Award-winning novelist Jonathan Franzen

If this is the year of the mega-novel, it’s going to be a very long 12 months

A harsh edit is needed. Life is too short to read bad, long books

The Facebook paradox: an overload of information narrows the mind

Twitter became an echo chamber of dismay, disbelief and expletives

Sculptor Antony Gormley, beside a sculpture entitled

Sir Antony Gormley interview: 'I don’t have any choice over this: it's what I was born to do'

Sir Antony Gormley, 64, is lying on his back on the smooth concrete floor of his studio and is swinging his long legs from side to side. Paint-spattered trousers, red socks, hiking boots, all cutting a lanky, alarming swathe through the air.

Martello, with its moat and drawbridge

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh: Hold the fort on Suffolk's coastline

Pull down the drawbridge to Aldeburgh's Martello Tower to discover a truly unconventional escape, says Alice Jones

One-time couple Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb photographed together in 2014

Sofia Vergara's frozen embryos are now a matter of public knowledge - and that can only be a bad thing

Nothing – from red carpet poses to medical records – is off limits

Boys in blue: Peter Firth and (right) Kit Harington in Spooks

Spooks: The Greater Good: Will the movie have the same huge impact as the original series?

Spooks was one of TV’s most popular shows - Alice Jones asks the stars if the forthcoming film version can live up to expectations

Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon taking a selfie on the red carpet

So it is au revoir to ‘grotesque’ red-carpet selfies at Cannes

Celebrities pouting into their phones like excitable teenagers at a One Direction reunion are not quite comme il faut on La Croisette

Madonna might be a stand-up comedy virgin - but she wasn't terrible

The Queen of Pop told jokes about dating younger men during her first ever comedy set

Satirical BBC series W1A return for another series...on BBC2

W1A, TV review: The ghost of Jeremy Clarkson looms large over BBC Broadcasting House

First look: A series in, this BBC satire has grown into itself

Thornton met Ed Miliband in 2004

As political sex scandals go, the ‘dinner party’ is quite gloriously, blandly Milibandian

There is a limit to how much we want to know about our politicians

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How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue