from the magazine

Short Read: it took ten years to hone their style and four minutes to go mainstream. Hazel Sheffield on Future Islands' breakthroughand their frontman's moves

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

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

Short Read: for his pick of the talks Anthony Gardner recommends the Vancouver Writers Festthis year it has a bumper crop of authors, Sunday Brunch and bands

THEME OF THE WEEK...SCULPTORS

The Mission: Will Smith learns how to carve a block of ice. But, as both creator and destroyer, he has more fun smashing it up

Authors on Museums: the stuff of school trips is not often the stuff of romantic weekends too. Back in Paris, Allison Pearson rediscovers the magic of the Musée Rodin

Britain's foremost land artist used to make his art out of stones; now it's mud, from the River Avon. He takes Robert Butler for a walk there

Man in a Suit: Julian Wild, a sculptor who “doodles in 3D”, gets a two-piece worth modelling

  • 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 »
  • TROUBLE IN PARADISE

    Found in Translation: Simon Willis enjoys a Colombian novel of corrupted innocence, published in English more than 30 years after it was written read more »
  • A GLASS WITH A VIEW

    The Wine-List Inspector: Tim Atkin gets high on Turkish wine in Istanbul—in more ways than one
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  • UNCHARTED AFRICA

    Cartophilia: before the scramble, the world’s second-largest continent was little more than an outline. Samantha Weinberg explains read more »
  • WHEN IN...BOSTON

    Going Native: Rebecca Knight on jazz, lobster and wearing red socks with your Converse in America’s most museumly city read more »
  • THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL

    The Music of Science: in a steel-lined room in South San Francisco, some acute minds conjure up trillions of cells to mass-produce antibodies read more »
  • CHEKHOV'S TRAGI-COMIC COLLISION

    Notes on a Voice: Robert Butler pinpoints a prose style as comfortable with fly-ridden grime as champagne and chandeliers read more »
  • RECTANGLES WITH PERSONALITY

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage roots for Thomas the rectangle, re-charges on the go and time travels through his photo albums read more »
  • SQUARING THE CIRCLE

    Authors on Museums: as a boy in The Hague, Joseph O'Neill was bored by the Mondrians at the Gemeentemuseum. Returning from his home in New York, he goes "from seeing to sensing" read more »