Contents March/April 2012

FROM THE EDITOR
CONTRIBUTORS
MASTHEAD
LETTERS

  

THIS SEASON

The people making waves in the arts over the next two months, from a bright young choreographer to a Scottish percussionist and the prolific film-maker Michael Winterbottom, tying up the different strands of his career

  

INTELLIGENCE

THINKING
Where neuroscience leaves free will, by Anthony Gottlieb

STOVE NOTES
Don’t call it mash: Simon Hopkinson on mashed potato

FOOD
What’s in a restaurant name? Christopher Hirst finds out

THE WINE-LIST INSPECTOR
Pack an iPad: Tim Atkin in Buenos Aires 

THE MUSIC OF SCIENCE
Oliver Morton on the beauty of plankton

LANGUAGE
The rise of the word “dude”

CARS
Can there ever be a green Ferrari? Paul Markillie in Maranello

SPORT
Why comebacks are hard in Formula 1

A GAME, A GADGET AND AN APP
Tom Standage loses his mind on the PS3 

 

STYLE 

JEWELLERY
Men are slowly warming to it. John Paul Flintoff reports

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER
Egyptian cotton: possibly from Romania

THE LINE OF BEAUTY
Redheads, from Lady Hamilton to David Bowie

APPLIED FASHION
Rebecca Willis on the tricky business of the clear-out

MAN IN A SUIT
The brains behind the Affordable Art Fair 

 

FEATURES 

COVER STORY: CATE BLANCHETT
She’s the Hollywood leading lady who escaped to run a theatre with her husband. Jo Lennan meets them, while David Thomson asks what might have been

THE BIG QUESTION
Which is the best language to learn, for an English-speaker? Robert Lane Greene and five other writers cast their votes 

MANAGING YOUR MUSIC
To own, or not to own? That is just one of the questions. Simon O’Hagan tries everything from vinyl to Spotify, for a week each 

PHOTO ESSAY
America’s industrial ruins, captured by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre 

MR JUSTICE
Tom Bingham was a giant of the law, but he remained little known, even when Tony Blair’s warmongering turned him into an unlikely radical. A memoir by his son-in-law 

 

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS
John Carey on the Ashmolean, Oxford

NEW SLOT: MOOD MUSIC
Songs to raise the spirits

AT THE CINEMA
Ian Jack on “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

BOOKS
Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson’s choice
Notes on a Voice: David Foster Wallace
Found in Translation: the surreal world of Etgar Keret

VISUAL CV
Julia Roberts, about to return as the Wicked Queen 

 

PLACES 

MAIN FEATURE
Life on a Kenyan river, threatened by a super-port

QUARTER FINALISTS
Hotels for hypochondriacs

SEVEN WONDERS
Tom Stuart-Smith, landscape designer

BEING THERE
Life in Oslo, by Simon Reid-Henry

SNAPSHOT
Beauty and ghosts at Glencoe in Scotland

 

THE MISSION
Will Smith tries being a cheerleader