Culture

A whole new world.

When the Decemberists ended their two-year hiatus, the Portland, Oregon, quintet took a decidedly low-key route to recording the follow-up to 2011’s The King Is Dead.

Five selections for the year.

There is always time to read—the challenge is deciding which story to immerse yourself in. We’ve narrowed down the dizzying number of options to five.

All sides now.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Goethe said architecture is frozen music. A Joni Mitchell song is a liquid painting.

On view at the Musée d'Orsay.

Originally fragmented into city-states that began coming together in 1861, Italy is a surprisingly young nation.

Life cycle.

Founded in Italy during the 1960s, Brancale dominated the international cycling apparel market during the latter half of the 20th century thanks to the success of a few key products.

Free as a horse.

Cavalia’s Odysseo, an equestrian spectacle directed by Normand Latourelle, features over 70 horses and 40 acrobats. NUVO publisher Pasquale Cusano reflects on the touring performance, which opens April 8 in Toronto.

Solitude in the age of screens.

There were then two glowing screens atop my desk; three, if you count my yappy little phone. I was a magazine editor at the time—or, as we now say, a “content creator.” Yet I spent my days not so much creating content as reacting to it.

Czar appeal.

“What is extraordinary about Fabergé is that he was so much more than just the imperial eggs, they are the absolute tip of the iceberg. They represent less than a quarter per cent of what he really produced.”

Miniature armies.

With Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona and Dalí’s surreal theatre museum for starters, Spanish Catalonia already has its share of the quirky. Add to those Castell d’Empordà, a gorgeously restored 14th century castle whose secret heart is a famous battle—in miniature.