from the magazine

More and more decisions, from the music business to the sports field, are being delegated to data. But where does that leave our intuition? Ian Leslie figures it out

They were the stories that shaped a generation. But how, exactly? Katherine Rundell, a fan who is now a novelist herself, works it out

Visual CV: he came, he saw, he conquered, and then what? To mark Welles's centenary, Matthew Sweet chooses his greatest hits

Found in Translation: Simon Willis praises the "dry wit and sharp insight" of a Swedish novel about the ordinary confusions of infatuation

WRITER OF THE WEEK...ED SMITH

It’s an unstoppable buzzword. But has professionalism gone too far? As a sportsman, Ed Smith saw it backfire at first hand; now he sees this in other fields, from “The Wire” to the banks

Reading the Game: forty years on from Billie Jean King and the Battle of the Sexes, how is sport treating women? Ed Smith keeps score

Once upon a time, menswear took its cue from the battlefield; then it was the ranch. Now it’s the rugby field and the cricket pavilion. Ed Smith explores this shift and what it says about us

Reading the Game: which is the better sport, cricket or baseball? Ed Smith deliberates between the two

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  • IN WELSH PATAGONIA

    After years of idle dreams, Jasper Rees visits the valleys in Argentina that have been an outpost of Wales for 150 years read more »
  • MEETING THEIR WATERLOO

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks, and in celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, Anthony Gardner recommends Britain's largest history festival read more »
  • WHAT’S THE BEST SENSE?

    The Big Question: most of us have the fundamental five, and all of us have some that are more abstract. But which do we love best? Julian Barnes, Julie Myerson, Andrew Solomon and four others take their pick read more »
  • WHAT APPLE’S WATCH IS REALLY FOR

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage puts Apple's new toy through its paces, goes into space with a team of aliens and enjoys image-editing magic read more »
  • IAN McKELLEN IN ISOLATION

    At the Cinema: how do you follow Gandalf and Magneto? With a Sherlock who is 93 and fighting off senility. Tom Shone is on the case read more »
  • THIS IS WHERE I BELONG

    Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson recommends the shepherd who is now a bestselling author, Anne Enright's sixth novel and a ripping yarn about the news from Waterloo read more »
  • DAVID ADJAYE’S DESIGN FOR LIVING

    From the National Mall in Washington to a business school in Moscow, David Adjaye makes buildings for the world. Ariel Ramchandani trails the man and his work across continents read more »
  • A FOOLPROOF SOUFFLE

    The Kitchen Dialogues: Christopher Hirst and Arnaud Schon's soufflé, made with locally sourced asparagus, was so good they baked it twice read more »
  • WISH UPON A SEA FLOOR

    The Music of Science: what links the depths of the ocean to the hearts of dying stars? A tiny bit of iron—and not just any old iron. Oliver Morton explains read more »