• 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
  • I STILL LOVE THE OSCARS

    STUBBORNLY, WISTFULLY | February 20th 2008 Alan Light/Flickr The Academy Awards distort the annual film-release cycle and neglect what's popular at the box office. But Scott Castle, a manager of a cinema house in Brooklyn, eagerly anticipates the glittering parade ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsfilmScott Castle
  • CHICAGO SELLS WELL

    A WINDY CITY | February 19th 2008 Elliot et Zach/flickr          Charlotte Howard, the Midwest Correspondent for The Economist, observes the unexpected beauties of Chicago, her new hometown. Sure, the buildings are tall and the air is cold, but the hot dogs come smothered in neon-green relish ... From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments Charlotte HowardPlacesPlaces
  • MY THOMAS BERNHARD OBSESSION

    BEAUTIFULLY DEPRESSING | February 18th 2008 Matt Callow/Flickr Thomas Bernhard is often accused of writing novels that feel like cruel jokes. So dark, so difficult, and so misunderstood, writes Jessica Ferri. With his absurd sense of humour, Bernhard was a keen observer of a very human beauty ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsLiterature

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