from the magazine

Man in a Suit: Anthony Gregory, an up-and-coming tenor, gets an outfit worth singing about. Clemency Burton-Hill meets him

The kilogram has long been defined by a piece of precious metal in Paris, but now its days are numbered. Tom Whipple reports

The Line of Beauty: blue blood, old money, and new—the privileged will always be with us. Matthew Sweet takes their measure

The Kitchen Dialogues: Christopher Hirst is a food writer from Yorkshire and Arnaud Schon is a chef from France. In a new column for the magazine, they have conversations about cooking

WRITER OF THE WEEK...REBECCA WILLIS

To some, this jacket might just be an extra layer on a spring day. To Rebecca Willis, it's a millefeuille of meanings and leanings, memories and possibilities

Applied Fashion: Rebecca Willis reflects on what we do to ourselves when we take that last-minute glance

Long Read: sand doesn’t just stick between our toesit also has a way of getting inside our heads. Rebecca Willis finds eternity, and more, in a grain of it

Applied Fashion: some prints and patterns deserve to be worn. But others, Rebecca Willis advises, are just plain off the wall

  • ANSELM KIEFER, MONUMENTS MAN

    Short Read: for his pick of the exhibitions, Simon Willis chooses a retrospective of an artist who has tackled German history head on read more »
  • URBAN GEOLOGY

    You don't need to set off on a field trip to find stones that are older than the human race. Helen Gordon goes walking with geologists in London and Naples and adjusts her watch to deep time read more »
  • THE HAZE BLOCKS THE VIEW

    Photo Essay: after four decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar is taking faltering steps towards democracy. Simon Willis spoke to the photographer Matthias Messmer about capturing a country with a complicated present and a murky future read more »
  • SUNNY SIDE UP

    With the Scottish referendum in the air, the inhabitants of Eigg are in high spirits. Kathleen Jamie visits and takes a shower by starlight read more »
  • MISSING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

    Every month, hundreds in north Africa and the Middle East leave by boat to seek new lives in Europe. But many vanish without trace. Caroline Moorehead meets the mothers of the disappeared read more »
  • OUR DELHI BREAD

    My Madeleine: as a child, Saskya Jain wanted to travel the world and eat it too. But at home she had to use her imagination—and a roti read more »
  • ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH'S SEVEN WONDERS

    The creator of Botswana’s first fictional lady detective talks to his fellow novelist Justin Cartwright about a fondness for cheerful Aussies and colonial cocktails read more »
  • ARE WE MORE SCANDI THAN SCOTTISH?

    On the Orkney Islands, the independence debate differs from that on the mainland. In the run-up to the referendum, Morag MacInnes gives a local's view read more »
  • BRITS OVER BROADWAY

    Short Read: this autumn, several London shows are hopping the pond to America. Isabel Lloyd chooses the highlights read more »
  • MADAME BOVARY, C'EST...?

    Flaubert’s ageless anti-heroine is back in two new films. But who was she? Julie Kavanagh sets out to establish which of the women in Flaubert's life was the real Emma Bovary read more »