from the magazine

The Wine-List Inspector: Tim Atkin drinks like a fish at one of the best wine bars in Paris

The artistic director of the Royal Court carries the weight of history. Especially if she has made it herself, as the first woman to run the place. Isabel Lloyd watches Vicky Featherstone at work

Short Read: as the star of “Sherlock” takes on Hamlet, Isabel Lloyd looks past the fandom

A Matter of Taste: Kassia St Clair explains how men can wear round sunglasseswithout looking comical

THEME OF THE WEEK...WILD THINGS

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

There have been five mass extinctions in history. The question is, when can we expect the sixth? Or has it already begun? Marek Kohn reports

The Galápagos gave Darwin a free rein and ample inspiration. Now, Rebecca Willis finds, they are tightly policed—and make you think about the destruction of species

Cartophilia: this map traces the movement of creatures great and small around and across the Pacific Ocean. Tim Ecott follows the fish

  • THE PROTO-INTERNET

    Cartophilia: the early telegraph routes were strikingly similar to today’s internet pathways. Charlie McCann traces their course read more »
  • IT’S COMPLICATED

    More women than ever say they’re interested in buying mechanical watches. But can they find any they actually like? Melanie Grant takes four potential customers shopping  read more »
  • THE LIGHTNING INSIDE US

    The Music of Science: Oliver Morton admires a new book which throws light on the essence of living—and it’s all down to the flow of energy read more »
  • M. SANJAYAN'S SEVEN WONDERS

    The broadcaster and senior scientist for Conservation International talks to Samantha Weinberg about saving nature and living better, on a round-the-world journey from Sri Lanka to Montana
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  • ONE CAREER ENDS, ANOTHER BEGINS

    Short Read: Michael Church looks forward to the conducting debut of Thomas Quasthoff, a German baritone with a candid sense of humour
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  • THE MOSQUITO COAST

    Photo Essay: Guillaume Bonn has spent years capturing east Africa, its wars and its ways. He talks to Josie Delap about finding hope amid the ruins read more »
  • WHEN IN...BALI

    Eat suckling pig, pray in a temple and practise yoga. Elizabeth Brown gives her tips for the Island of Gods read more »
  • ARNIE TURNS SENSITIVE

    Short Read: for his pick of the films, Nicholas Barber spotlights a zombie drama which is surprisingly tender—and devoid of catchphrases read more »
  • A DISH BORN OF FIRE

    Lipsmacking: ox in coal oil at The French in Manchester is a smoky yet sweet masterpiece. To Isabel Lloyd, it sums up the city itself read more »
  • THERE’S LIFE IN THESE WALLS

    Authors on Museums: history is never more alive than at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Roddy Doyle is transported read more »