Actor James Gandolfini in LA in October 2012. Photograph: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

If James Gandolfini, who has died in Italy at the age of 51, had lived for another few decades then, when writing an appreciation, we would have found(...)

Iggy and the Stooges performing at Mohawk during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this month. Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

The gap between the truly great and the merely good is always widening. There has never been so much music, film, literature, TV, art, theatre (...)