For the past 100 years, artists and writers have launched manifestos to sell new ideas and kill the old. Did they change the world, or make a noise? Alex Danchev looks at the history of hectoring
Every year it happens, with the utter predictability of my children saying no to the Christmas Day sprouts, and my father-in-law to the parsnips. Somewhere around 25 November my mind turns to Christmas cards, and in particular those destined for friends and relatives in the United States and Australia. This year, I assure myself, will be different. The cards travelling to distant lands, with a bespoke accompanying letter and perhaps a clutch of photographs, will be in the post by the beginning of December. And with that done, I will sit down with the dozens of cards meant for friends in the UK, and actually enjoy writing them, without the pressure of Royal Mail deadlines.
An unusual style of portraiture has been developed by British artist Rosalind Freeborn, who uses shreds of torn wallpaper, magazine pages, tissue and newspaper to make pictures of famous faces like actor Bob Hoskins (pictured).
A first time for everything: We all know that variety is the spice of life. But what happened when we challenged four writers to explore their untapped potential?