Tim de Lisle
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, May 13th 2015
Here's our pick of the best new tunes. You can listen to them on the player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs are available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.
Tobias Jesso: Without You
Not the Nilsson hit, but Nilsson-like in its emotional intelligence.
Stornoway: Get Low (pictured)
Folk meets 60s pop.
Paul Simon: Father & Daughter
An unsung gem, now joining the classics in his “Ultimate Collection”.
Madonna: Inside Out
Her new album, “Rebel Heart”, is patchy, but this is a cracker.
Natalie Prass: Why Don’t You Believe in Me
The kind of ballad you slip into like a hot bath. Produced by this man...
Matthew E. White: Take Care My Babyread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
The acceptable face of meandering.
Photo Essay: when the big games come to town, football grounds turn into cathedrals—or spaceships. Peter Kindersley captures them, from Munich to Turin and Madrid, and tells Tim de Lisle about his tourread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, April 10th 2015
The best sound in cricket is the one that features in the celebrated speech in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing”. It is not just the thwack of any old piece of willow on leather, but the sonorous pop of a well-made bat executing a well-timed stroke; “a noise,” as Stoppard wrote, “like a trout taking a fly.” The second-best sound in cricket, for most of the past 50 years, has been a sentence. “And after So-and-So, it will be Richie Benaud.”
As a cricketer, Benaud was very good. As a captain, he was one of the best. But, as a commentator, he was in a class of his own.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, April 8th 2015
On our cover is one of the all-time great faces. It belongs to a woman so loved that we don’t have to put her name in lights: that bone structure announces itself. The Line of Beauty is about the gamine in history, and Audrey Hepburn is the gamine’s gamine.
She died in 1993, yet she has lost none of her luminosity. For the past two years, a commercial has been running on television which uses Hepburn—apparently resurrected—to sell a bar of chocolate, by sprinkling some of her “classiness and elegance” on it, in the words of one of the team providing the CGI trickery (who also worked on the film “Gravity”). In January, a cosmetics firm published a poll of 2,000 women who had been asked to name the “ultimate beauty icon of all time”. Marilyn Monroe might have been the bookies’ favourite, or Grace Kelly; in fact they finished second and third, behind Hepburn. All three of them made their name in the Fifties, which suggests that that is where, when we look back, we detect the greatest beauty. Or perhaps it’s just that 60 years is the span of living memory.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, March 30th 2015
“Lyra and her daemon…” it begins, echoing Virgil’s “Arms and the man”. It grips you there and then (what on Earth is a daemon?) and doesn’t let go for three books. “Northern Lights”, the first book in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, has now been with us for 20 years. It has become a modern classic, much loved, vastly popular (15m copies sold), adapted into a delightful play and a frustrating film. Lyra has become famous, a heroine so tough and resourceful that the label we stick on spirited girls, “feisty”, feels far too watery for her. And the idea of the daemon, the constant animal companion who reflects a child’s mood or a grown-up’s essence, has got under our skin.
Pullman, now 68, marked the anniversary by giving an interview to Nicolette Jones at the Oxford Literary Festival. He came into the Sheldonian Theatre—majestic but cosy, and packed—sporting a silver ponytail and moving a little stiffly. He had just cancelled another appearance because of illness, and halfway through this event he said, “I’m sorry, I’m not feeling very well, I’m going to have to go out. I’ll be back in a minute.” But, either side of this, he spoke just the way he writes—rapidly, directly, with a sparkling energy. Here are 20 things he said that demanded to be scribbled down.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 20th 2015
Here's our pick of the best new tunes. You can listen to them on the player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs are available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 11th 2015
Our cover breaks new ground in two ways. It’s the first time we have had two people on it, and the first time we have featured a lawyer. Lawyers have something in common with journalists: outsiders, when they think of them, tend to picture the bad ones—the vultures preying on the vulnerable, the sophists twisting the truth. But you will find public-spirited people lurking in both camps. Our cover stars, Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund, grew up in Britain, which had closed the gallows before they were born. They could easily have avoided ever having to step onto the minefield—moral, legal, emotional, bureaucratic—that is Death Row. Instead they have devoted their careers to it, and not just to working on it, but dismantling it.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Notes on a Voice: Tim de Lisle pins down a playwright who makes worlds collideread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Top 12 of 2014. No.9: is it possible to be a rock star and a rounded human being? Guy Garvey, singer and lyricist with the award-winning band Elbow, is giving it a shot. He makes Tim de Lisle a bacon butty and opens up about the new albumread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, December 22nd 2014
Our pick of the best new tunes. 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