Alan Turing, World War II code-breaker castrated for being gay, is the face of Britain’s £50 note

Turing is best known for his work at Bletchley Park, where UK cryptologists sought to decipher messages sent by the Nazis. His efforts to crack Germany’s Enigma code remained a secret for decades but are now credited with saving thousands of lives and hastening the end of World War II. Turing was played by Benedict […]

Chester Storyhouse: how a repurposed art deco cinema could revitalise the city

At its centre is the hybrid zone formed by the meeting of the old Odeon and the new work. It is theatrically charged, a place where films can be projected and speeches made from the galleries, and where, in a less grand echo of Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera and Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, the audience […]

Reading beyond the lines

Heralded by F Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel and ended by the stock market crash, that decade was, Wilson wrote later, “a recklessly unspecialised era, when minds and imaginations were exploring in all directions” – an exploration commenced and consummated by “the lost generation” in response to the moribund world it had inherited, and the war […]

Bill Withers: the brilliant folk-soul star who said it all with time to spare

Or listen to City of Angels from Naked and Warm. A hymn to the sunkissed land of opportunity that is LA, it suddenly loses its rhythm midway through, leaving behind five more minutes of beatless drift that are both gorgeous and unsettling. “I heard you got a Disneyland not too far away,” sings Withers, “and […]

Every Rob Reiner Movie, Ranked

When Harry Met Sally (1989) During his ’80s and ’90s heyday, Rob Reiner had plenty of hits, but none of them so profoundly impacted the culture as When Harry Met Sally. Other Reiner films have great lines or memorable scenes, but this bittersweet romantic comedy seemed to speak to the eternal, universal insecurities of dating […]

20 great L.A. places for Mexican food delivery and takeout

Guerrilla Tacos If you remember Wes Avila’s singular tacos served from a scrappy Arts District stand nearly a decade ago, you know the chef’s mettle: He knows how to make a situation work. At his restaurant, in the same neighborhood where Guerrilla Tacos began, emergency kits are on the menu: sweet potato tacos, wild boar […]