Issue: April 2015

Something Rotten

‘Occasionally one reads of an incident in this great metropolis so awful, so disturbing, that just for a moment one’s mental moorings are shaken’

Peter Schmersal

The bold, atmospheric work of a contemporary German artist

An Odyssey To Athens

Moving to the city where democracy began

Sour Smell Of Success

Alastair Campbell's new book is predictable stuff

Eggs Florentine

The gently eccentric Piero di Cosimo

Plus ça change

How America saved the French Impressionists

What’s In A Boy’s Name?

‘Even high-profile women who assume their husband’s name on marriage, like the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, are loudly criticised’

Fait Pas Accompli

‘The gulf between Israel and the Obama administration will continue after Netanyahu’s re-election’

Unethical Tourism

‘It seems a little early for me to give my trust and travellers cheques to Iran, merely on the promise that the new leader smiles more than the last’

Cage Fighting

‘In addressing inequality we should be careful not to wage war on those elite visions of life, such as the Getty Villa in LA, that do so much to alleviate its mundanity’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"