Tim de Lisle
From the archive: newspapers are in crisis—yet they have greater reach than ever before. And nowhere is this truer than at the Guardian, the paper that revealed the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal. Tim de Lisle spoke to its editorread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, December 3rd 2014
There are some things you can do just as well when you’re dead. One of them is earning, if your work outlives you; another is appearing on the cover of a magazine. We’ve had Grace Kelly and Elvis Presley on the cover, and now we have George Orwell. When the subject is no longer there to be photographed, it’s all about the shot you choose. With Grace, the picture in The Line of Beauty was so elegantly wistful that it demanded to go on the cover. With Elvis, our art director Graham Black went through hundreds of photos to find something soulful. The shot of Orwell, from a shallower pool, does a different job, displaying the steely eye of the visionary.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, November 19th 2014
Our pick of the best new songs to slip into your pocket. Hear a selection on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
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 creativityread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, October 15th 2014
When you edit a cultural magazine, you have to decide where you stand on actors. There are a lot of them, they are highly recognisable, and many are on offer as interviewees. But the offer often has a Faustian tinge: if you accept, you lose a piece of your magazine’s soul. Not to the actor or actress concerned, who is probably deeply soulful, but to the grim machinery behind them. The interview may be for only an hour, it may be in a hotel, the publicist may be in the room: everything conspiring to deliver a piece of pap. And star power—or PR power—is now such that photo approval, even copy approval, is not uncommon. Our parentage, at the independent-minded Economist Group, means that we couldn’t play that game even if we wanted to.
The day after our last issue closed, an e-mail came in from Clemency Burton-Hill, who wrote our cover story on Gustavo Dudamel in 2013. She had embarked on a piece about Eddie Redmayne. “I realise most actors are far from your Platonic ideal, being PR’d to within an inch of their lives,” she wrote, “but Eddie is a different kettle of fish—clever & thoughtful, and he has had this extraordinary year playing Stephen Hawking for ‘The Theory of Everything’, for which I’ve been quietly observing him at close quarters...” Quietly observing: that sounded like us.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, September 18th 2014
It is almost unheard-of for the same writer to have a byline on the lead item in rival newspapers. But it has happened in Britain today—to a man who last picked up his pen in 1796.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Visual CV: a late starter in music, he has made up for it with a blazing Indian summer. And now he is 80. Tim de Lisle traces the arc of a songwriter’s songwriterread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, August 27th 2014
Our pick of six new songs that you should have on your iPod. Hear a selection on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.
Conor Oberst: Desert Island Questionnaire (pictured)
Piercing observations from the most prolific man in Portland, Oregon.
John Fullbright: High Road
Young country singer who packs a lethal punch. "Songs" is out now; European tour Aug 29th.
David Gray: Last Summer
A folk tune that speaks louder than words—so it gradually discards them, to powerful effect.
Robyn Hitchcock: To Turn You On
The Soft Boys meet Roxy Music on a deliciously woozy cover.
Cold Specks: Let Loose the Dogs
Al Spx's haunting voice at its desolate best.
Out of the Blue: Hips Don't Lie (on Bandcamp)read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Shakira with added wit from an all-male acapella group of Oxford students.
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, August 12th 2014
It is now 55 years since C.P. Snow reached for his clarion to raise the alarm about “The Two Cultures”—the dangers of the arts and the sciences not speaking each other’s language. Progress since has been fitful: the odd bestseller by Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins, programmes by Brian Cox, novels by Ian McEwan. The ability to mix the arts and science seems to be like swimming—somehow, we un-learn it. At 15, when life is tricky in many ways, we have no trouble going straight from history to chemistry. By 17, we have been pushed down one road or the other; by 19, in Britain at least, many bright young things are accidental specialists, locked in the library or the lab.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, July 16th 2014
Our pick of six new songs that you should have on your iPod. Hear a selection on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available (or will be) on iTunes.
How to paint a self-portrait in a few deft strokes.
John Hiatt: Terms of My Surrender
The blues renewed with a sly wit and a soft heart.
Nick Mulvey: Juramidam
Afro-pop-jazz-folk. More fun than it may sound.
Grace Jones: Walking in the Rain
“Nightclubbing” is back, remastered and still resplendent.
Roddy Frame: Into the Sun
From a sparkling new album, a pop gem.
Jenny Lewis (above): Late Bloomerread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
A sunny melody, a voice like spring water, and a lyric that unfolds like a good novella.