• JOSEPH MITCHELL'S TRUE FACTS

    NOTES ON A REPORTER-STYLIST | August 25th 2008 unforth/flickr Decades on, Joseph Mitchell's journalism still feels fresh. Garth Risk Hallberg examines a man who immortalised the fading treasures of a changing city ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments booksLifestyle
  • WARPING TIME AND CHEATING DEATH IN "BRAID"

    BRETT MCCALLON | AT PLAY | August 24th 2008 "Braid" The element of time--thrilling, oppressive--has long been a feature of videogames. But what happens when we we have the power to move time backwards? Undo decisions? Some daring new designers, such as Jonathan Blow, are letting us find out ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Brett McCallonGAMINGIdeas
  • THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF CRICKET BOOKS

    A TRUE OBSESSIVE | August 23rd 2008 Wisden The frantic pace of a corporate financier led Tim Bunting to retire in his mid-30s. Now he spends his time and money on collecting cricket books. He finds it therapeutic ...  From ECONOMIST.COM read more » COMMENTS: Comments ART AND AUCTIONArts
  • LEO ABSE, SPIRITED AUTHOR, CAMPAIGNER

    "LOVE AND BE LOVED" | August 21st 2008 Jillian Edelstein Leo Abse, a colourful MP and author, died on Tuesday, aged 91. We remember him--and his life, richly lived--by republishing this profile, written by Maureen Cleave for the summer issue of Intelligent Life ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 read more » COMMENTS: Comments FEATURESIdeas
  • BAD TASTE IS A GOOD THING

    GO ON, I DARE YOU | August 21st 2008 Gina Sometimes you need to wear a tulle puffball skirt with black bondage straps. Judith Watt explains why we can all afford to let a little bad taste into our wardrobes; Mary Fellowes shows us how ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 read more » COMMENTS: Comments Judith WattLifestyleSTYLE
  • BEIJING HOLDS ITS BREATH

    ANXIETY AND EUPHORIA | August 20th 2008 Tama Leaver/flickr On a trip to Beijing in the days before the hub-bub, Corbin Hiar finds a mixture of excitement and dread. He gazes back while taking in the five-ring circus ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Corbin HiarPlacesPlaces
  • THIS WEEK: A SELECTIVE GUIDE

    BAD BOYS, GOOD NOVELS AND CYBERMEN | August 19th 2008 Bad Boys of Dance Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE Our guide to what's on around the world, compiled by Jessica Gallucci and Ariel Ramchandani read more » COMMENTS: Comments Ariel RamchandaniArtsbooksPERFORMING ARTS
  • GIVING: EUROPE GETS THE BUG

    GIVING IT AWAY | August 19th 2008 American-style philanthropy is finally catching on in Europe. Matthew Bishop explains ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 A couple of hundred wealthy continental Europeans gathered in the achingly modern Philharmonie concert hall in Luxembourg on April 23rd. The reason? To discuss "seizing the opportunity for philanthropy" in a country traditionally known for helping the rich to keep more of their money from the tax man, not for encouraging them to give it away. Even the prime minister showed up, promising new laws to help turn Luxembourg into a centre for European philanthropy. read more » COMMENTS: Comments LifestyleMatthew BIshopPhilanthropy
  • EDINBURGH FRINGE DIARY

    SHOCK AND AWE | August 18th 2008 www.theedinburghblog.co.ukm/flickr The Edinburgh Fringe festival is famous for shows that shock (or die trying). Amid all the clowning and lewd puppetry, there's even a play that turns Auschwitz into interactive theatre ... From ECONOMIST.COM read more » COMMENTS: Comments PERFORMING ARTSPlaces
  • HOW TO CHEAT AT EVERYTHING

    Over lunch with Simon Lovell, a fascinating former card shark, Allison Schrager learns all sorts of things about how swindlers operate Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE "I can spot someone's weakness a mile away. In any room I can pick out the best target," says Simon Lovell, reformed con artist and famed magician, when asked over lunch about the root of his talents. "Take that woman over there." He motions across the room towards a lady speaking to a man engrossed in his menu--"vulnerable, needy, looking for attention from the man she is with, but he won't give it to her. She even lacks the social skills to get the waiter's attention." "Or that man over there, over-dressed, too neat, over-confident, thinks he is too smart to be taken." He says, pointing to a middle aged man in a neat suit, with excellent posture. "But ultimately, anyone can be conned, if you have the balls to do it." Simon Lovell should know. He spent many years pulling cons, indulging in everything from swift bar games to more elaborate schemes. A fascination with magic as a child eventually led Mr Lovell to hone his skills as a sleight-of-hand expert, and then as a professional card cheat. read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsPERFORMING ARTS

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