from the magazine

A Matter of Taste: Chelsea boots never go away. To get the best out of them, Kassia St Clair advises, keep it simple

The Wine-List Inspector: good food finally gets off the ground at Heathrow, with some wines to match, writes Tim Atkin

Where the Wild Things Are: it takes a tough hide to weather winter in the Rockies. Alexandra Fuller admires the fortitude of the American bison, which once roamed the plains in their millions

Short Read: for his theatre highlight, Irving Wardle spotlights Sher in a role he was born to playa man struggling against the odds

THEME OF THE WEEK...MIGRATION

The story of humanity is written in our genes, and thanks to modern science and technology, we are finally able to read it. J.M. Ledgard reports from where it—and we—all began

The Kimberley region of Australia is vast, remote, barely inhabited and strewn with ancient art. Jo Lennan takes a tour with a local elder to work out what it tells us about our distant past

The black descendants of slaves in Mexico struggle against entrenched racism. Alexis Okeowo explores the so-called first free slave town in the Americas

Every month, hundreds in north Africa and the Middle East leave by boat to seek new lives in Europe. But many vanish without trace. Caroline Moorehead meets the mothers of the disappeared

  • THE STUFF OF DREAMS

    Fashion is about desire as much as clothes. The writer and editor Diana Athill, who is 97, looks back at what she has worn at different stages of her life, what she has longed to wear, and what it all meant read more »
  • A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD QUAIL EGG

    Lipsmacking: the first course—of 16—at Benu in San Francisco is an Asian-inspired cured egg. Kassia St Clair takes a crack at it
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  • THE MAGIC OF THE GRAVITY ASSIST

    The Music of Science: a spaceprobe passing a planet gets the cheapest of all possible lunches. Oliver Morton hitches a ride  read more »
  • THE DAY PICASSO SAID HELLO, DALI

    Short Read: for her pick of the exhibitions Olivia Weinberg travels to Barcelona, where two Spanish giants meet read more »
  • RALPH LAUREN: BRAND AID

    It used to be so simple—rich man gives money to hospital. When Ralph Lauren agreed to sponsor a new cancer clinic at the Royal Marsden in London, it was a lot more complicated. Rebecca Willis talks to him, and the hospital, to get the wider picture read more »
  • THEATRE OF COMPLICITY

    Found in Translation: Simon Willis reads a compelling novel about an uneven friendship built on secrecy and illusions
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  • FROM AI TO FUTURE CHOC

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks, Anthony Gardner chooses a festival which asks: "what might the world be like in decades to come?" read more »
  • THE SWEET STING OF MURIEL SPARK

    Notes on a Voice: Emma Hogan examines the razor-sharp style of a novelist who considered herself a poet read more »
  • PIPPA SMALL'S SEVEN WONDERS

    Samantha Weinberg tracks down a jeweller who lets her travels inspire her work—whether it’s jewellery from all the corners of the world, or collaborations with art projects in Africa, Afghanistan and Latin America read more »
  • ROBIN TICCIATI, MAESTROCHEF

    The stereotypical conductor is an elderly mittel-European tyrant. Robin Ticciati is 31, British, “radically collaborative”, and he plans a concert like a four-course meal. Clemency Burton-Hill follows his rise all the way from Glyndebourne to Vienna read more »