Issue: July/August 2019

Eureka moments in Syracuse

In a charming Sicilian museum you can test the theories of antiquity’s greatest mathematician

Playing the Wall game

Ella Hickson’s new play is a clever—and technically inventive—portrayal of East Germany in the 1960s

Who’s the next Mr Preview?

Today’s anonymous conductors could take a leaf out of André Previn’s crowd-pleasing book

Women joining the boys’ club

Female artists are at last getting their fair share of exhibitions, but the market is failing to catch up

The pedant of Pompeii

"If you start your account with such a humdinging narrative as the eruption of Vesuvius, then nothing is ever going to be as gripping again"

Overrated: PhDs

Post-doctoral studies may be a waste of time in the future world of work

Underrated: Vocational training

Skilled jobs such as carpentry and nursing will be at a premium in an automated world

An uncivilised place for uncivilised people

Dining at the headquarters of International Bland


"‘My phobia is simple: I am constantly terrified that a crime is going to be committed and that I am going to be implicated in some way." A new short story

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"