Contents November/December 2012

THIS SEASON

The best things to see and hear in the next two months, from Dali in Paris to "Seven Psychopaths"—plus an intriguing new record company

 

INTELLIGENCE

THINKING
When obstacles are a help, by Ian Leslie

A GAME, A GADGET AND AN APP
From Minecraft to the Sonnets

FOOD
Matt Kaplan eats like a Neanderthal

THE WINE-LIST INSPECTOR
Drinking after a night at La Scala

STOVE NOTES
Simon Hopkinson on mulligatawny soup

SPORT
Robert Lane Greene tries barefoot running

THE MUSIC OF SCIENCE
Oliver Morton on the moment Plato made sense

CARS
Paul Markillie on the Range Rover story

 

STYLE 

JEWELLERY
The turning points that enabled some of today’s jewels

APPLIED FASHION
Rebecca Willis on dressing your other half

THE LINE OF BEAUTY
A short history of the raincoat

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER
More than a fluffy robe? A cool look at spas

MAN IN A SUIT
A music producer wears something loud

 

FEATURES 

NORMAN FOSTER
From the Victorians to the future, via the Gherkin: J.M. Ledgard meets one of architecture’s biggest figures

PARIS UNDERGROUND
Will Hunt spends three days and two nights exploring the underbelly of a city

AFTER THE FADE
Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich haven’t had a hit since 1970, but they still go out on tour. Charles Nevin joins them

PHOTO ESSAY
The art of the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert

THE BIG QUESTION
Who has been the best of America’s 44 presidents?

 

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS
A.D. Miller at the literary museum in Odessa 

MOOD MUSIC
Trains in jazz by Richard Williams

MUSIC
The best rock concert line-ups of all time

BOOKS
Notes on a Voice: Charlotte Brontë
Found in Translation: Herta Müller’s gulag novel
Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson on Sebastian Faulks et al

AT THE CINEMA
Tom Shone on Paul Thomas Anderson 

VISUAL CV
The best of Michael Haneke

 

PLACES

MAIN FEATURE
The day a meteorite landed in rural Peru

GOING NATIVE
When in...Cape Town 

SEVEN WONDERS
Chosen by Chris Blackwell of Island Records

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Robert Macfarlane in the Netherlands

CARTOPHILIA
Simon Garfield on a map of American literature

 

THE MISSION
Will Smith becomes a weather forecaster

LETTERS
Broadmoor, upholstery, Tom Stoppard's eyes and more