Contributors / Ed Stocker

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Dab hand

New York’s whacky mystics are clinging on to real estate in a changing city. Ed Stocker tempts fate by visiting a palm reader.

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Open book

Bookseller James Daunt has been tasked with changing the fortunes of Barnes & Noble. We take a glimpse inside the covers.

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Phoenix rising

As our report on the experiences of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble shows, rough times are part of business. But putting the right people in charge can be the difference between sinking and swimming. We profile the firms…

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Talk show

Pork chops and promises are part of the race for the White House at that livestock-laden oracle, Iowa State Fair.

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Fine lines

Aspen might be known for its spectacular skiing but it’s also home to an architectural legacy left by a gifted Bauhaus master.

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Under the covers

Artist and historian Rachel Schreiber is the new head of the celebrated Parsons School of Design. As she rethinks its role, she finds solace in the New York Public Library.

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Greasing the wheels

The latest stop in our series is Tulsa. Despite a slowing trickle of oil money it is rich in creative vision and optimism for the future; now it just needs to get the rest of the world on board.

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Street smarts

New York Public Library is reviving a classic: the mobile library last seen on the city’s roads more than 30 years ago. The Bookmobile’s wheels are set to roll and, with the help of a friendly lion, it’s already winning…

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Rolling stone

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

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What a carry-on

Long beholden to industry giants, the luggage sector is now packed with fresh faces poised for market domination. We hear the case for start-ups and meet some of the major players.

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Throwing signs

Like any language, signing changes with the times – and that incorporates updates to include the latest obscenities and drug references. Monocle put its hands up for a lesson in lyrics at a Texas gig.

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Creative process

The president of the Rhode Island School of Design sketches out the make-up of her tight team.

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Southern belle

In the first of a new series looking at US cities and the people fixing them, we stop off at Albuquerque to find out why New Mexico’s most populous city is on the up.

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Amplifying the positives

As a 30-year veteran of the music industry, Rob Stringer is intent that past mistakes are not repeated. The Sony Music CEO has no problem with dissenting voices in the workplace but is vocal about one thing: everyone needs…

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Back to the future

There’s more to the City of Angels than dive joints and cocktail clubs. The 1933 Group is safeguarding the future of Los Angeles’ bar scene by preserving its past, all while calling attention to the city’s forgotten arch…

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Buffalo stance

From their New Jersey farm, a former big-city couple have become enthusiastic advocates of water buffalo produce and discovered a lucrative business model in the process.

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Mark my words

The world’s most popular language-learning tool uses our own innate competitiveness – and a passive-aggressive owl – to keep users motivated.

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California dreamin'

The 1960s was a golden era for West Coast architecture. One of the overlooked heroes of the period was Ed Killingsworth, best known for his work with hotels in later life but something of a maverick of modest mid-century…

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Jump-start a nation

Paraguay has been blighted by dictatorship, corruption and mismanagement. As the country goes to the polls will any candidate deliver real change? Many believe it’s now or never.

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Game on

Obama’s right-hand man talks Trump and assesses the Democrats’ chances come 2020. Is he feeling hopeful?

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Cream of the crop

Content to plough its own furrow, John Deere’s historic headquarters celebrates the brand’s Midwestern roots while showcasing its modern-day values.

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