from the magazine

Cartophilia: a 3D map of space provides a new understanding of how the heavens unfolded. Simon Willis explains

My Madeleine: as a pleased-with-herself graduate, Taiye Selasi thought she knew it all. But Ghana, and a bowl of soup, taught her otherwise

Short Read: it took ten years to hone their style and four minutes to go mainstream. Hazel Sheffield on Future Islands' breakthroughand their frontman's moves

Six original poems, each about a stone; six pieces of jewellery, each made with that stone. Ruth Padel, Fiona Sampson and others dig into the mineral world

WRITER OF THE WEEK...MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Six Good Books: our literary editor Maggie Fergusson recommends a shocking account of loss, an enlightening guide to money, and a moving novel from Marilynne Robinson

Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier

Man in a Suit: Maggie Fergusson meets Peter Frankopan, who as well as writing about the Crusades doubles as a hotelier

After spending half a century in an enclosed order, the former abbess of Stanbrook took a year out at art school in East London. Maggie Fergusson meets her

  • THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT’S THE BEST ESCAPE?

    When life is fraught, should you empty your mind, or engage it elsewhere? We asked six writers, including Anne Enright, Alan Johnson and Arianna Huffington, to tell us how they zone out read more »
  • TO VANCOUVER WITH LOVE

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks Anthony Gardner recommends the Vancouver Writers Fest—this year it has a bumper crop of authors, Sunday Brunch and bands read more »
  • DESTINY'S DARK UNIVERSE

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage plays a wildly ambitious shoot-em-up , goes around the world in 80 Days, and finds some speakers he can take with him read more »
  • REDMAYNE'S FORENSIC METHOD

    One is a world-famous cosmologist with a severe degenerative disease. The other is an able-bodied young actor with no science credentials. So how did Eddie Redmayne turn himself into Stephen Hawking? Clemency Burton-Hill follows him through the process read more »
  • TROUBLE IN PARADISE

    Found in Translation: Simon Willis enjoys a Colombian novel of corrupted innocence, published in English more than 30 years after it was written read more »
  • A GLASS WITH A VIEW

    The Wine-List Inspector: Tim Atkin gets high on Turkish wine in Istanbul—in more ways than one
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  • UNCHARTED AFRICA

    Cartophilia: before the scramble, the world’s second-largest continent was little more than an outline. Samantha Weinberg explains read more »
  • WHEN IN...BOSTON

    Going Native: Rebecca Knight on jazz, lobster and wearing red socks with your Converse in America’s most museumly city read more »
  • THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL

    The Music of Science: in a steel-lined room in South San Francisco, some acute minds conjure up trillions of cells to mass-produce antibodies read more »
  • CHEKHOV'S TRAGI-COMIC COLLISION

    Notes on a Voice: Robert Butler pinpoints a prose style as comfortable with fly-ridden grime as champagne and chandeliers read more »