from the magazine

Cartophilia: this map claims that a Chinese Muslim beat Columbus to it. But is it real? Rosie Blau investigates

Applied Fashion: clothes now have so many labels that a pair of jeans can come with 700 words attached. Rebecca Willis looks at the fine print

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

In 1967, an Indian film-maker asked 20-year-olds what they thought of their country. Nearly half a century later, Samanth Subramanian goes in search of the same people to see what they make of India now

THEME OF THE WEEK...SCULPTURE

Authors on Museums: Denmark’s oldest museum is all about a single artist. Alan Hollinghurst, author of “The Line of Beauty”, revisits a temple of idiosyncrasy

The Mission: Will Smith learns how to carve a block of ice. But, as both creator and destroyer, he has more fun smashing it up

Authors on Museums: the stuff of school trips is not often the stuff of romantic weekends too. Back in Paris, Allison Pearson rediscovers the magic of the Musée Rodin

Photo Essay: at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, you can do anything as long as it’s fantastic. Caroline Carter meets Steve Double, a photographer and veteran burner, as he takes his camera for the first time

  • A WORLD WITHOUT END

    Landscapes of the Mind: it may be a computer game, but Minecraft is perhaps the most extensively shared landscape on Earth. Robert Macfarlane explores its limitless joys read more »
  • WHEN IN...VANCOUVER

    Cycle the seawall, gaze at Orcas, drink craft beer and take your clothes off. Jean Gordon is your guide read more »
  • TWO SHRIMPS AND A SHILLING

    My Madeleine: in the hungry holidays, when school meals were off the menu, Alan Johnson knew where to go for a pie. And who to go with read more »
  • THE HARD SOLUTION

    The National Theatre is a London landmark and a global magnet—but a tricky building. For the past six years, Patrick Dillon has been working on a £50m revamp. He tells the inside story read more »
  • AN ALMOST SILENT MASTERPIECE

    Short Read: for his pick of the films, Nicholas Barber is fascinated by a Ukrainian debut set in a school for the deaf
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  • THE SCIENCE OF CRAVING

    At the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC, there are 30,000 delegates. And one of them has changed the way the others look at desire. Amy Fleming meets Dr Kent Berridge read more »
  • PAUL HOLDENGRABER'S SEVEN WONDERS

    The director of talks at the New York Public Library tells Charlie McCann how he learnt the art of conversation: on the road, from the lakes of Switzerland to a cabin in Idaho read more »
  • THE VOGUE FOR SCANDI SEATING

    A Matter of Taste: Kassia St Clair explains why mid-century sofas look like a dachshund, and where you can buy your own
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  • SAUL BELLOW’S INTROSPECTION

    Notes on a Voice: Marina Gerner pins down the work of a Nobel prize-winning novelist who revealed the inside through the outside read more »
  • THE CHILL OF IT ALL

    Photo Essay: surfers don’t just gather in California and Cornwall. A few tough men surf at Torö, an island off the coast of Sweden. Among them is the photographer Daniel Månsson, who captures some frozen moments and talks to Isabel Lloyd read more »