Voices Goggle box: the blocky looks of the Oculus Rift belie the breath-taking experience of what the wearer sees

This technology is about to change the way you perceive the world – and yourself

Visual Arts: All at face value and nothing left to the imagination

The art of Alex Katz is all very familiar, all very `cool'. But surely there's more to life than this?

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Review: THEATRE Skeleton Soho Theatre, London

As you enter the theatre for Skeleton, Tanika Gupta's first produced stage play, a craftsman high up on Keith Khan's beautiful water-girded, ochre and red veranda set, is seen intently fashioning a statue of Durga, the 10-armed goddess who, in Hindu mythology, came down to earth to rid the world of evil. Scarred survivors of Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh, which was presided over by Durga's elephant-headed son, may feel that they can wait indefinitely before rushing to see another play with an Indian deity. But where McNally's touristic confection was EM Forster re-written for the Broadway blue-rinse crowd, Gupta's drama, which was inspired by a short story by Rabindranath Tagore, has a captivating cultural purity.

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BERTHE MORISOT: The First Lady of Impressionism by Margaret Shennan, Sutton Publishing pounds 25

Psion finance director is replaced

Psion, the hand-held computer maker that abandoned an attempt earlier this year to buyAmstrad, parted company with its finance director yesterday. Mike Langley, who had headed the finance function at Psion for 11 years, is to be replaced "with immediate effect" by his number two, Marina Wyatt.

Letter: Short's antics are a threat to Labour victory

Letter: Short's antics are a threat to Labour victory

A realist wrapped in fantasy

John Sayles (right) is a romantic with a social conscience. In the week that 'The Secret of Roan Inish' (top) opens, he talks to John Lyttle about the future of intelligent - and earnest - film-making

Visual Arts: Knavery, trickery and deceit

As Degas's ballerinas and nudes disport themselves at the National Gallery, Andrew Graham-Dixon detects the art beneath the artist's artfulness

Book review / A regard for feelings

Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900 by Stephen Kern Reaktion, pounds 22.50

When Berthe Morisot met Edouard Manet

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Surprise symphonies

Mahler meets minimalism meets the machine age in the pluralist world of Colin Matthews. Stephen Johnson celebrates the composer at 50

Costs key to NFC's future

These were appalling figures from NFC, a fact the company admits freely, as new managements are wont to do - it is their last chance to blame someone else. The question facing investors is the extent to which the slump in pre-tax profits in the year to October is a reflection of the previous regime's incompetence or the fundamental unattractiveness of the markets in which NFC operates.

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