Florence’s biannual Pitti Uomo trade fair has become a mecca for the world’s most extrovert dandies. Yet those responsible for creating the phenomenon are appalled by its success. Luke Leitch investigates a sartorial schism at the heart of menswear… Read the rest
A journey across South Dakota commemorates the biggest mass execution in American history and exemplifies a cultural re-awakening among native Americans. James Astill joined the ride… Read the rest
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big… Read the rest
There were hopes that the flood of Chinese students into America would bring the countries closer. But a week at the University of Iowa suggested to Brook Larmer that the opposite may have happened … Read the rest
Hercules Segers was an artist unlike any of his Dutch Golden Age contemporaries. A new exhibition at the Met in New York reveals a mind of startling originality… Read the rest
While most of the world is migrating to cities, growing numbers of metropolitan Italians are taking up farming. Robyn Eckhardt meets those seeking the good life in Piedmont… Read the rest
The Isa Lake Viewpoint, located about 8 miles east of the Old Faithful Area along the Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park, is not a terribly exciting place. On the way to the Old Faithful geyser, you can alight from your vehicle and stand on the edge of a thin sliver of water filled with waterlilies and fallen logs. By the side of the lake is a Continental Divide elevation sign, and an interpretive sign describing the significance of the Continental Divide and Isa Lake.
‘Continental divide’ is a geographical divide on a continent, often in the form of a mountain ridge, such that rivers and lakes on one side of the divide drain into one ocean or sea, and those on the other side … Read the rest
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no time in history was as desperate as the time when the world’s most powerful nations were determined in destroying each other. It was time of the Second World War, and the allies were running out of essential resources needed to construct military and naval equipment. One of them was steel.
In the North Atlantic, the British fleets were taking a pounding against the German U-boats. Allied supply ships on their way across the ocean were being intercepted and sunk by German U-boats at an alarming rate. Planes could protect the ships, but they cannot be deployed in the middle of the ocean without aircraft carriers, and those things are massive and required enormous quantities of steel to manufacture, … Read the rest
The Sahara’s rock art is astonishing – and endangered. Ferdinand Saumarez Smith went to Chad to help preserve humanity’s ancient history… Read the rest
In 1946, a bunch of Hollywood legends including Roy Rogers, Dick Curtis, and Russell Hayden —tired of travelling to far-off locations to shoot western movies, that were very popular at the time— decided to build a Wild West set, in the High Desert of Southern California, where directors could shoot movies and the crew could live. They drove out to a spot 4 miles to the northwest of Yucca Valley, and two hours from Los Angeles, and started building facades and spaces to resemble a 19th-century western town. The town was named Pioneertown.
The project was a huge success. More than two hundred westerns were filmed at Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid, and it served as the backdrop for a large number of television shows, notably … Read the rest
What makes Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel great is his ear for the slang of the Parisian street… Read the rest
From Best Picture to Best Documentary, our film critic picks his winners… Read the rest
A new exhibition about the founder of British pop art shows just how innovative, irreverent and influential he was… Read the rest