from the magazine

Applied Fashion: trends may ebb and trends may flow. Rebecca Willis stands back from the tides of change to take the long view

Cartophilia: a student and adventurer spent decades creating the first map of the rocks that underpin Iceland. The geologist John Maclennan retraces his steps

The Big Question: are you happiest burning the midnight oil, or stealing a march on the world by rising at dawn? Or are the in-between moments the best of all? Ali Smith, Elif Shafak and five other writers give us a good time

What does it take to play Professor Stephen Hawking? Grit, empathy, attention to detail and the ability to shut down facial muscles one by one. Clemency Burton-Hill follows Redmayne through a process that earned him an Oscar

THEME OF THE WEEK...INTOXICATION

For Marx, it was religion—but that was 170 years ago, and now our society is largely secular. What’s our opiate now? Rosie Blau introduces the Big Question

At Cambridge over the summer, many students were taking pills to help their concentration. Ed Cumming was among them

Writers who drink are old hat. But what about writers who quit drinking? Tom Shone studied them for a novel

Deep in the Brazilian rainforest there is a town built around a church where worshippers drink hallucinogenic tea. Alex Bellos took a trip up the Amazon to sample the high life in Céu do Mapiá

  • THE FEARLESS JULIANNE MOORE

    Visual CV: she was a late starter, but now she's an Oscar-winner for her agonising portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. Nicholas Barber picks her best performances read more »
  • ROCKS AND ROLLS

    My Madeleine: on childhood holidays on the Baltic coast, Benjamin Markovits found a sense of belonging at the breakfast table read more »
  • DEPRAVITY HOLDS ALL THE CARDS

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage plays a card game for "horrible people", tries out the best e-reader yet, and finds an interactive book that beats a chemistry set   read more »
  • THE LONGEST SKI-RUN IN THE WORLD

    And when your 70th birthday is approaching, it feels even longer. The novelist Justin Cartwright faces his fears in the Vallée Blanche read more »
  • HOLLYWOOD'S COMPUTER PROBLEM

    At the Cinema: Michael Mann’s new film has difficulties with digital—echoing, Tom Shone argues, those of film-making as a whole read more »
  • THE WISDOM OF ANNE TYLER

    Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson's recommendations, including a triumphant portrait of old age, the human side of T.S. Eliot and a haunting memoir from Zambia read more »
  • DEATH TO DEATH ROW

    Capital punishment is slowly dying out, one country at a time—largely thanks to two British lawyers. How do they do it? Lucy Hughes-Hallett joins them in Belize read more »
  • WHEN IN...HAVANA

    Going Native: Stephen Gibbs on how to eat, drink and dance like the Cubans—and make the most of Hemingway’s old haunts read more »
  • MINE EYES DAZZLE

    The Line of Beauty: they may not do so well if you run them through the washing machine, but for glamour-per-inch, you can’t beat a sequin. Matthew Sweet sews them all on himself read more »
  • AMONG THE REINDEER

    A woman running a media consultancy in New York takes a DNA test. She learns that she is descended from the Sami people, who herd reindeer in the Arctic Circle. What happens next? A memoir by Laura Galloway read more »