• 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 ArtsfilmmoviesScott 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
  • ROCK-AND-ROLL MIXES WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS

    BIDDING FOR "THE HOLY GRAIL" | February 17th 2008 Sotheby's With its romance of flowing robes, long hair and medieval mysticism, William Morris's Gothic Revival has wooed plenty of rock-and-rollers. Now many of these pieces--including a 25-foot tapestry owned by Jimmy Page--are making their way to auction, writes Fiammetta Rocco, the Books and Arts editor of The Economist ... From ECONOMIST.COM* read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtArts
  • HATE TAXES? COME TO BRITAIN!

    STEPHEN HUGH-JONES | ON LANGUAGE AND LIFE | February 16th 2008 Unhindered by Talent/Flickr Stephen Hugh-Jones takes to task Britain's silly tax laws for "non-domiciled" residents. As the government threatens a plan to get these folks to pay, howls and squeals of woe can be heard in the City's finest restaurants ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE   read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasISSUES & IDEASSTEPHEN HUGH-JONES
  • KEEPING KENYA CHRISTIAN

    WAITING TO BE SAVED | February 15th 2008 gbaku/flickr Kenya attracts the most dedicated Evangelicals, observes Misha Mintz-Roth. The demand for churches seems to be unquenchable. But as Christianity meets local custom, what emerges is rather unique ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments PlacesPlaces
  • 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

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