Contents November/December 2011

THIS SEASON

The pick of the next two months in the arts, from Diego Rivera’s murals in New York to the new Photographs Gallery at the V&A in London, plus the up-and- coming theatre director Sam Gold and the return of Tom Waits

 

INTELLIGENCE

SPORT
Ultra, the sport for runners who find marathons too short

A GAME A GADGET AND AN APP

FOOD
Mrs Beeton’s cookbook is 150. Christopher Hirst dusts it off

THE WINE LIST INSPECTOR
Tim Atkin on restaurants with women chefs

STOVE NOTES
Simon Hopkinson on bolognese

CARS
When big cars have babies, by Paul Markillie

THINKING
What crowds do to individuals, by Ian Leslie

GOING GREEN
Robert Butler signs off with a look at the state of play

  

STYLE

APPLIED FASHION
Why we wear black, by Rebecca Willis

THE LINE OF BEAUTY
Muses through the ages

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER
Posh paint: is it worth it?

MAN IN A SUIT
An architect with a penchant for art

 

FEATURES

A ONE-MAN MARKET
How did Andy Warhol become so huge? And is he worth it? By Bryan Appleyard

THE BIG QUESTION
The second in our series looks at what was the best time, and place, to be alive

PHOTO ESSAY
Mist, from Chicago to New Zealand, photographed by Steffen Schrägle, with words by Robert Macfarlane

HANDWRITING: AN ELEGY
As more and more of us tap out our words on a keyboard, handwriting is a dying art. Ann Wroe celebrates it

A WHIM OF IRON
John Lloyd, the thinking person’s television producer, profiled by Charles Nevin

  

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS
Ali Smith goes back to Capri

MUSIC
Playlist: songs to learn the guitar, by David Sinclair

AT THE CINEMA
Ian Jack on "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

ART
A close look at Leonardo’s other woman – "Lady with an Ermine"

BOOKS
Notes on a Voice: T.S. Eliot, by Emma Hogan
Found in Translation: a novel about Argentina’s Dirty War
Eight Good Books: Maggie Fergusson's pick of the season

VISUAL CV Kate Winslet, soon to be seen in “Carnage” 

 

PLACES

MAIN FEATURE
Mexico’s underground lakes: Tom Wainwright dives in

QUARTER FINALISTS
Hotels with sightseeing on site

SEVEN WONDERS
The mountaineer Reinhold Messner

BEING THERE
Robert Cottrell on moving to Riga

SNAPSHOT
A glimpse of Russia’s poorest republic

 

THE MISSION
Will Smith learns to knit

LETTERS
Chorizo, Elvis and the Taliban