• HERODOTUS AND BAD FATE

    DELUSION, CLARITY AND MISFORTUNE | February 14th 2008 ToastyKen/Flickr A.P. David considers the tragedy of Adrastus. The "son of the mythical knot, grandson of the golden touch", his life was a total bummer. Was this chance? Fate? An essential consequence of character? (See David's other readings of Herodotus here, here and here) ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments A.P. DavidIdeasLiterature
  • FUN TIMES IN MAPUTO

    HAVANA NIGHTS | February 13th 2008 afroni/Flickr           Intrigued by its reputation for "naughtiness", Conrad Heine heads to Maputo, Mozambique's raffish capital, for a spell. He finds days of problem-solving and nights of partying in one of Africa's poorest countries ...  From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments Conrad HeinePlacesPlaces
  • MY NIGHT AT THE OPERA

    CONNECT AT THE MET | February 12th 2008 Waldo Jaquith/Flickr Intrigued by the promise of a posh singles' mixer at the Met Opera House, Enid Stubin suits up in cocktail-dress armour and heads into battle. Alas, she observes, the search for love in New York is a fool's game ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsEnid StubinMiscellanyMUSIC
  • WHERE THE CABBIES EAT

    MEALS ON WHEELS | February 11th 2008 jvree/Flickr      In search of hidden culinary gems in New York City, Lou Howe tracks down the streets lined with taxi-cabs. Cabbies, with their worldly palettes and local savvy, know the best haunts for fried goat, tandoori quail and a steaming plate of thiebu djeun ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Food & DrinkLifestyleLou Howe
  • SIGNS OF GLOOM AT AUCTION

    THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL | February 10th 2008 Christie's Images, 2008 Auctioneers have been bullish lately, boasting record sales to quash fears of a slow-down in the art market. But the story is a bit gloomier upon further inspection, writes Fiammetta Rocco, the Books and Arts editor of The Economist ... From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtArts
  • MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE

    STEPHEN HUGH-JONES | ON LANGUAGE AND LIFE | February 9th 2008 PBoGS/Flickr              Stephen Hugh-Jones is a patriot--unashamedly so. So how could his son decide to become an American citizen, of all things? America is just so alien, so vast, so remote. And so irritatingly powerful ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEAS
  • THE EXEMPLARY SYLVIE GUILLEM

    LIKE STARING AT THE SUN | February 9th 2008 Bill Cooper/Sadler€™s Wells Sylvie Guillem is a remarkable dancer who, at 43, shows no signs of slowing down. James Woodall witnesses her latest show, "PUSH", and is awed by her liquid precision and seemingly effortless technique ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE   read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsBALLETDANCE
  • GIVING TO WAR-TORN FLEDGLING DEMOCRACIES

    ALLISON SCHRAGER | THE MICROPHILANTHROPIST | February 8th 2008 babasteve/Flickr How should we help people in troubled developing countries? And how do we do this while staying comfortably at home? So much aid is paternalistic and ineffective. Allison Schrager considers better alternatives ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Artsmicrophilanthropy
  • BREAKING INTO BURMA

    OUR GUIDES HAVE GUNS | February 7th 2008 Roger McShane Following the deft steps of his rebel guides, Roger McShane stumbles through Myanmar's unforgiving jungle. In the icy night air, crisp with threat, he considers the poor fate of the Karen people, a favourite target of the military ... From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments PlacesPlacesRoger McShane
  • DRESDEN'S REBIRTH

    GRANDMA WOULD BE PROUD | February 6th 2008 rs-foto/Flickr After receiving an invitation to Dresden's annual opera ball, Cornelia Rudat decides to pay a visit to her father's hapless hometown. She discovers a city in the midst of a revival, and considers buying an extravagant timepiece ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Cornelia RudatPlacesPlaces

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