• MEMOIRS OF A NOBODY

    YOUR AUTOGRAPH PLEASE | February 28th 2008 radiant guy/flickr Nick Hornby began the trend of the nobody-turned-somebody autobiography. In a culture of blogs, sex diaries and childhood-abuse memoirs, can Jasper Rees hack it with his narrative about the french horn? ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Winter 2007 read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsLiterature
  • LOOKING AT "LA LOGE"

    THE DRAMA OF THE THEATRE BOX | February 27th 2008 Pierre Auguste Renoir, "La Loge", The Courtauld Gallery Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE With "La Loge" in 1874, Renoir turned his attention to the stylish lives of theatre patrons, many of whom gazed anywhere but the stage. "There's a whole parade of seeing and being seen," explains John House, a professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where the exhibition "Renoir at the Theatre" opened recently. Sarah Dallas talks with Mr House about the show, and about the juicy theatre of the viewing box ... [AUDIO read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsFINE & PERFORMING ARTS
  • EPICURUS EXONERATED

    masterymistery/flickr Why is pleasure so suspicious? None of the greatest western philosophers has produced a proper guide for today's enlightened hedonist, writes Anthony Gottlieb. But Epicurus, that much-maligned Greek, was on to something ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Autumn 2007 read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEAS
  • LAZY LANGUAGE, LAZY THOUGHT

    GOING THE WHOLE HOG | February 26th 2008 rick/flickr Anyone trying to impress, to sell or to obfuscate is likely to brutalise the language, laments John Grimond. Businessmen bungle, and politicians love empty phrase-making. Language should evolve, but its lazy use leads to meaninglessness ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Winter 2007 read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEAS
  • HYPE AT AUCTION

    BRINGING HOME THE BACON | February 24th 2008 Sotheby's Prices are going up for contemporary art, but will these works still be so fashionable--and saleable--in 25 years? Stephen Fay examines the lasting value of work by Francis Bacon ... read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsFINE & PERFORMING ARTS
  • EAT IN PECKHAM

    NO, SERIOUSLY | February 23rd 2008 kochtopf/Flickr A "food desert"? Peckham? Don't make Conrad Heine laugh. Stroll down Rye Lane for an exotic array of okra, cassava, sheep stomachs and goat heads. Though an assertive, don't-meet-eyes stride is usually called for ... From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments Food & DrinkLifestylePlaces
  • YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE?

    ALLISON SCHRAGER | THE MICROPHILANTHROPIST | February 22nd 2008 ajps/Flickr When a friend suggests they help clean up a park, Allison Schrager politely declines. "Why would I spend three hours of my time picking up trash?" As a professional, it makes more sense to donate what her time is worth ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEASPhilanthropy
  • EMBARGO, SHMEMBARGO: IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME

    STEPHEN HUGH-JONES | ON LANGUAGE AND LIFE | February 22nd 2008 R@punseLL/Flickr    As el Comandante makes his exit, Stephen Hugh-Jones takes a moment to skewer the American trade embargo on Cuba. Not only does it rank among the longest-lasting geopolicy failures in history, but the EU is making the same mistake with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEAS
  • MANNERISM AT THE MORGAN

    So You Think You Can Draw | February 21st 2008 Pontormo "Two Studies of Male Figures" (1521), Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi Sure, most of us know how to hold a pencil. But a simple sketch by Michelangelo handily illustrates the yawning gap between mortals and masters, Ariel Ramchandani writes. Such divine drawings,  such beefcake legs ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsFINE & PERFORMING ARTS
  • DINING AT CHATEAU LES CRAYERES

    BRUCE PALLING | UNCORKED | February 21st 2008 Bruce Palling Whither the third Michelin star for Château Les Crayères? Bruce Palling investigates, sampling pigeon aspic, lacquered eel and a superb Jacquesson 96 extra brut prestige ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Food and drinkLifestyle

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