As a radical new two-string violin goes on display in New York, Clemency Burton-Hill looks at some other odd examples, from the octobass to the theremin.
From novels to collections of essays and short stories, the month brings a literary bounty. These titles should sit on your shelf, writes Jane Ciabattari.
For World Theatre Day, we asked readers to name their favourite playhouses. These are the ones you love for their beauty and for the memories they hold.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the triumph of style over substance in Mad Men and a beginner’s guide to Dante.
Could you watch a vertical film? Tom Brook talks to a group taking a new angle on cinema.
A new exhibition in Vienna brings together provocative images of the bed – a piece of furniture that features in key moments in life, from conception to death.
Literary agony aunt Hephzibah Anderson tackles the topic of love in its multiple forms. She recommends a selection of books to soothe readers’ tortured souls.
From Samuel Pepys to Bridget Jones, the private journal combines the mundane with the confessional. Lucy Scholes reveals why the diary still fascinates readers.
From Victorian London to Soviet-era Moscow, department stores have changed the way we shop and influenced culture around the world, writes Jonathan Glancey.