Roland Barthes

How technology has shaped our expectations of desirable design

André Téchiné  Les sœurs Brontë (The Brontë Sisters), 1979, featuring Roland Barthes (left) in the role of William Makepeace Thackeray

The revered thinker's only acting performance

Mourning, fiction and love: the final thoughts of a great writer

John Baldessari, Violent Space Series: Nine Feet (Of Victim and Crowd) Arranged by Position of Scene, 1976, black and white photographs on paper, 62x93cm

John Baldessari by Barbara Bloom

Michael Fried (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008)

Literary highlights of 2008 included a biography of Theodor Adorno, a new novel by Philip Roth and short stories by Ali Smith

The Mythologizing of Roland Barthes