CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2013

FROM THE EDITOR
MASTHEAD
CONTRIBUTORS
LETTERS

 

THIS SEASON

The best things to see and hear in May and June, from Camille Pissarro in Madrid to Laura Marling’s new album

 

INTELLIGENCE

THE BIG QUESTION
What is the best philosophy? Six writers decide

THE WINE-LIST INSPECTOR
Drinking in LA with Tim Atkin

FOOD
My Madeleine: Sadie Jones on the flavours of her childhood
Eat Their Words: the cookbooks of Claudia Roden
Lipsmacking: Toronto’s favourite restaurant dish

READING THE GAME
Ed Smith on Andy Murray and his public

LANGUAGE
The fashion for converting adjectives into nouns

THE PASSENGER
Jonathan Meades on a coronation motor, 60 years on

A GAME, A GADGET AND AN APP
Lara Croft and tomorrow’s lightbulbs

THE MUSIC OF SCIENCE
Do insects weigh more than humans?

 

STYLE

MAIN FEATURE
What Sarah Burton has brought to McQueen

MAPPLIED FASHION
Shoes and lies, by Rebecca Willis

THE LINE OF BEAUTY
Matthew Sweet’s brief history of denim

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER
Coffee machines for the home

MAN IN A SUIT
A conservationist cuts a dash

 

FEATURES

THE ALGORITHMS ARE TAKING OVER
It’s not just web pages that are governed by algorithms: they are worming into everything from Hollywood to Formula 1. Tom Whipple reports

THE MAN BEHIND AVAAZ
Ricken Patel wants to make the world a better place, and has 20m followers to show for it. Profile by Robert Butler

PHOTO ESSAY
Weeds, photographed by Ian Winstanley and introduced by Richard Mabey

THE FESTIVAL EFFECT
In just eight years, the Manchester International Festival has made a name for itself – and a new image for Manchester. Isabel Lloyd follows its director

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS
Aminatta Forna on a museum of broken hearts

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
What France is, and isn’t, good at

MOOD MUSIC
Laura Barton on the best songs of regret

AT THE CINEMA
Tom Shone on Kubrick’s Napoleon script

BOOKS
Notes on a Voice: John le Carre, by Emma Hogan
Found in Translation: Hassan Blasim’s fiction
Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson on Andrew Solomon et al

VISUAL CV
Beatrice and Benedick from “Much Ado”

 

PLACES

MAIN FEATURE
Berlin and its Stolpersteine, by Andreas Kluth

SEVEN WONDERS
Chosen by Angélique Kidjo, singer and humanitarian

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
William Fiennes hugs the North Sea coast

GOING NATIVE
When in...Beijing

CARTOPHILIA
An artist’s vision of underground London

LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND
Robert Macfarlane’s new series