from the magazine

Lipsmacking: the toasted truffle sandwich at Michel Rostang is renowned throughout Paris. Isabel Best finds out what all the fuss is about

Authors on Museums: most of the treasures in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts spent their early lives outside America. For the novelist Claire Messud, that makes them kindred spirits

Received wisdom on the Grand Tour in 18th-century Europe is being transformed by 21st-century techniques in California. John Hooper meets the academics who are leading the way

Applied Fashion: touch, taste, smell, even soundclose your eyes, and clothes sense is at your fingertips. Rebecca Willis explains 

THEME OF THE WEEK...ROCK 'N' ROLL

It used to be all about records, but now the music business revolves around gigs. Henry Tricks finds out why

Is it possible to be a rock star and a rounded human being? Guy Garvey, singer and lyricist with the award-winning band Elbow, is giving it a shot. He makes Tim de Lisle a bacon butty and opens up about the new album

The Mission: roadies, it turns out, are misunderstood. Will Smith learns a thing or two about the job while setting up for Jethro Tull

Old pop bands never die—they just replace their members, one by one. Charles Nevin goes on the road in Belgium with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who have now spun out their 15 minutes of fame into 40 years of touring

  • TIMOTHY SPALL'S STAR TURNS

    Visual CV: he’s an actor like no other—not even his actor son. And now he is winning awards for “Mr Turner”. Jasper Rees picks the very best of Mr Spall read more »
  • TO INFINITY...AND BEYOND

    Cartophilia: Simon Willis explores a 3D map of space that provides a new understanding of how the heavens unfolded read more »
  • THE LOVING SPOONFUL

    My Madeleine: as a pleased-with-herself graduate, Taiye Selasi thought she knew it all. But Ghana, and a bowl of soup, taught her otherwise read more »
  • MARION COUTTS' FIERCE MEMOIR

    Six Good Books: our literary editor Maggie Fergusson recommends a shocking account of loss, an enlightening guide to money, and a moving novel from Marilynne Robinson read more »
  • DANCING OUT OF OBSCURITY

    Short Read: it took ten years to hone their style and four minutes to go mainstream. Hazel Sheffield on Future Islands' breakthrough—and their frontman's moves read more »
  • POETRY ROCKS

    Six original poems, each about a stone; six pieces of jewellery, each made with that stone. Ruth Padel, Fiona Sampson and others dig into the mineral world read more »
  • THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT’S THE BEST ESCAPE?

    When life is fraught, should you empty your mind, or engage it elsewhere? We asked six writers, including Anne Enright, Alan Johnson and Arianna Huffington, to tell us how they zone out read more »
  • TO VANCOUVER WITH LOVE

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks Anthony Gardner recommends the Vancouver Writers Fest—this year it has a bumper crop of authors, Sunday Brunch and bands read more »
  • DESTINY'S DARK UNIVERSE

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage plays a wildly ambitious shoot-em-up , goes around the world in 80 Days, and finds some speakers he can take with him read more »
  • REDMAYNE'S FORENSIC METHOD

    One is a world-famous cosmologist with a severe degenerative disease. The other is an able-bodied young actor with no science credentials. So how did Eddie Redmayne turn himself into Stephen Hawking? Clemency Burton-Hill follows him through the process read more »