Author of four hit books, Vendela Vida, is alo the co-editor of US culture magazine 'The Believer'. Part of a celebrated literary couple (her husband is Dave Eggers) she tells Monocle how she works and what inspires her.
Less is more is the concept for Bildschöne Bücher, a small bookshop in Berlin that has grown out of the highly successful website 25books.com. Proprietor Bodo von Hodenberg, a former sales director of Taschen, takes a curatorial approach to bookselling, highlighting exceptional books in photography, art and design.
Despite years of turbulence between Taiwan and China, this island's pop culture leaves the mainland standing. From idols to protest singers via television talent shows, Taipei pop is the country's new heavy industry.
Not all rock festivals involve fans having to live in conditions that the UNHCR would deem unfit for human habitation. Japan's annual Fuji Rock Festival is a pop event with a difference - a mega line-up of international and Japanese talent, excellent food, cleans loos and no rubbish. Our culture editor Robert Bound was front and centre.
Books: Richard Sennett's The Craftsman, 1980s Greece and the Imposters. Art: Phillips de Pury's Japanese art sale, the Berlin Biennial and Simon Starling. Film: 21, the King of Kong and Scorsese's Shine of Light. Music:…