CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

THIS SEASON

The best things to see and hear in the next two months, from “The Book of Mormon” in London to Helen Hunt talking about sex in “The Sessions”

 

INTELLIGENCE

THE BIG QUESTION
Which is the best month?

THE WINE-LIST INSPECTOR
Tim Atkin drinks at a country pub

FOOD
Eat Their Words: the essence of a cookery writer
Lipsmacking: an outstanding restaurant dish of the moment
My Madeleine: the stuff that memories are made on

THE MUSIC OF SCIENCE
Oliver Morton sees a light in the California sky

LANGUAGE
German has a problem with the second person

THE PASSENGER
Jonathan Meades on car design

A GAME, A GADGET AND AN APP
The new Kindle v the iPad mini

 

STYLE 

MAIN FEATURE
How shop windows are done in London and Paris

APPLIED FASHION
Rebecca Willis on animal prints

THE LINE OF BEAUTY
David Bowie, soon to be feted at the V&A

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER
Memberships of galleries and clubs

MAN IN A SUIT
Beau Lotto, neuroscientist

 

FEATURES 

RETURN TO CAMBODIA
Nicholas Shakespeare fled Phnom Penh in 1964, after a mob attacked the British embassy, where his father worked. This year, he and his father, now 82, went back

MR DARCY AND I
“Pride and Prejudice” is about to reach its bicentenary, and its haughty hero is still bewitching new readers. Allison Pearson and six other writers examine him

MASS EXTINCTION
There have been five mass extinctions in history. When can we expect the sixth? Marek Kohn reports

PHOTO ESSAY
In Ladakh, at the very top of India, there is no electricity grid. But there is sunshine. Duncan McKenzie shows the difference solar power makes

  

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS
Alice Oswald at the Corinium, Cirencester

MOOD MUSIC
Homeward bound

AT THE CINEMA
Tom Shone on the power of faces

MUSIC
Twelve gigs in a boat: Laura Barton on how she curated them

BOOKS
Notes on a Voice: Samuel Beckett
Found in Translation: Vasily Grossman
Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson on Patrick White et al

VISUAL CV
The best of Sir Tom Courtenay, by Irving Wardle

  

PLACES

MAIN FEATURE
Rebecca Willis goes to the Galapagos

GOING NATIVE
When in...Istanbul

SEVEN WONDERS
Chosen by Seamus Heaney

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Robert Macfarlane goes caving

CARTOPHILIA
A ghostly map of the Mississippi

THE MISSION
Will Smith takes up poker

LETTERS
Airports, Neanderthals and Gruyere