Tim de Lisle

  • SIX NEW TUNES FOR YOUR IPOD

    ~ 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.

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  • 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

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  • EDDIE REDMAYNE'S SCIENCE JOB

    ~ 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 poweror PR poweris 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 fishclever & 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.

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  • BURNS' DAY

    ~ 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.

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  • LEONARD COHEN'S HALL OF FAME

    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 songwriter

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  • PUNCHY COUNTRY AND SUMMERY FOLK

    ~ 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)
    Shakira with added wit from an all-male acapella group of Oxford students.

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  • A HAPPY CLASH OF CULTURES

    ~ 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 swimmingsomehow, 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.

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  • SELF-PORTRAITS AND BLUES RENEWED

    ~ 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.

    Passenger: 27
    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 Bloomer
    A sunny melody, a voice like spring water, and a lyric that unfolds like a good novella.

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  • METALLICA VS BRYAN FERRY

    For Tim de Lisle, there is only one winner

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  • LUKEWARM TEA WITH LANA

    Tim de Lisle sees a star with 7m album sales looking vulnerable in front of 60,000 people 

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