from the magazine

Where the Wild Things Are: in the Roof of Africa lives a most atypical monkey. Henry Wismayer rises at dawn to study the second-most political of primates

A Matter of Taste: are pendant lamps a turn-on, or a turn-off? Kassia St Clair sheds light on a new trend

Found in Translation: Simon Willis follows Geert Mak's journey through America, which captures a nation in decline

Short Read: for his pick of the films, Nicholas Barber steps into the mysterious world of the Palme d'Or-winning "Winter Sleep"

THEME OF THE WEEK...LANGUAGE

Once a mark of the cultured, language-learning is in retreat among English speakers. It’s never too late, but where to start? Robert Lane Greene launches our Big Question

American-style informality has reached Germany, and it is producing some friction. Andreas Kluth, back home from California, speaks from experience

When did we start speaking in sets of capital letters? Robert Lane Greene looks into the rise of the acronym and its sibling, the initialism

It used to mean a skilled worker, more craftsman than artist. Now it is applied to bread, and even lettuce. Anthony Gardner traces the rise of a vogue word

  • THE STORYSELLERS

    The urge to tell stories has been with us for ever—but it still needs looking after. Tim de Lisle reports on three bright ideas that have become powerhouses of literacy and creativity read more »
  • A MAGNIFICENT MAGIC-CARPET RIDE

    Landscapes of the Mind: never mind the plot—Jules Verne’s vision of the deep still delights Robert Macfarlane read more »
  • TO CONCEAL, THEN REVEAL

    The Line of Beauty: it may have started life as a way to keep warm, but now a hood can contain a multitude of meanings. Matthew Sweet uncovers the possibilities read more »
  • THE MAKING OF A RODIN

    Short Read: for her pick of the exhibitions, Olivia Weinberg looks at Rodin's creative process in Paris—from sketches and casts to bronzes read more »
  • PAINTERLINESS AND PUG-UGLINESS

    At the Cinema: Tom Shone considers whether a film can be too beautiful—sometimes a shot of ugliness can have more meaning read more »
  • WAR AND PEACE

    It is 100 years since the first world war broke out. Brian Harris's photo essay marks the anniversary by capturing the stillness and symbolism of the battlefields. He talks to Simon Willis  read more »
  • HOW TO ERADICATE A DISEASE

    A generation ago, guinea-worm disease was bringing misery to millions; now it is down to two cases a week. Tom Whipple talks to its nemesis, Donald Hopkins, who has already helped to see off smallpox read more »
  • CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN'S SEVEN WONDERS

    The sculptor, printmaker and painter tells Charlie McCann about his favourite places—they reveal an eye for beauty as well as a taste for symbolism read more »
  • A SHRINE TO WINE IN BEIJING

    The Wine-List Inspector: at a former television factory in China's capital, Tim Atkin finds a list that deserves an Emmy read more »
  • BERLIN REVISITED

    In 1989 Brian Harris photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Twenty years on, he returned to Berlin to capture the new city. Tim de Lisle introduces him read more »