Meet the Writers on Monocle 24: The author on his enthusiasm for good storytelling and how it connects us. Horowitz has brought us the Alex Ryder series of teen fiction, two Sherlock Holmes books and a James Bond novel, among others. He indulges us in his enthusiasm for good storytelling and how it connects us.
Following the money
Since Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike took office in August she has championed greater transparency within the metropolitan government. That’s to be expected given the financial scandals that led to the resignation of her two predecessors but she has proven more hostile than expected towards the city’s vested interests. She has ordered a review of spending for the 2020 Olympics, questioned the relocation of Tokyo’s central fish market and allowed TV broadcasters to record the government’s day-to-day discussions. Her latest target: an annual ¥20bn (€165m) pool of funds that political parties in the metropolitan assembly have traditionally divvied up and doled out to organisations and the private sector. Koike has called for an end to the “special budget quota” and urged the public to keep an eye on the assembly. “Maintaining the status quo would be easy,” she told reporters. “But in terms of politics, the economy and social issues, we would go backwards.” It also wouldn’t be so entertaining to watch.
Monocle pop-up shop in Merano
Visit The Monocle Seasonal Shop in Merano for some exclusive Christmas shopping. Open now.
The Monocle Café
As the temperature cools head to The Monocle Café for mulled wine, hot drinks and other warming treats.
Featured podcasts and chapters
Very British Types
Anyone who has used public transport in London or read a classic Penguin paperback will be familiar with the work of seminal UK type designers Edward Johnston and Eric Gill. Now a new book, ‘Johnston and Gill: Very British Types’, looks at the development of the sans serif typefaces that bear their names, as well as the impact that they had on visual culture in the UK and around the world. We meet the book’s author Mark Ovenden.
Stadtflucht Bergmühle: Vienna
In Vienna you are never far away from a green place: parks are plenty and vineyards and leafy hills are all within easy reach. Plus: there are lots of places to kick back and relax beyond city limits.
Explainer 37: Japan and Russia’s dispute over the Kuril Islands
In December Russian president Vladimir Putin will fly to Nagato for a summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Ending Tokyo’s longstanding dispute with Moscow over the southern Kuril Islands will be a top priority. We discuss why.
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The Pacific Shift
The Pacific Shift brings you music from around the Pacific Rim, Asia and beyond. J-pop, K-pop, T-pop and more, Monocle is the soundtrack to your day by the Pacific.
Monday 5 December
Sets the agenda in Asia and considers what’s been dominating the day in Europe and North America. The programme is sometimes co-hosted out of our Toronto and New York bureaux and features regular interviews with special guests both there and across the Americas, as well as experts and analysts at our studios in London.
Have we reached peak biennial?
When almost every city in the world seemingly has one, what is the role of the biennial? We wonder who does this soft-power attraction best and which parts of the world benefit from them as a showcase of how dynamic and cultural they can be.
Monday 5 December
Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a city shaped by good design, from its clever public spaces to its network of cycling lanes and renowned furniture industry. Follow our guide to discover why the Danish capital is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Copenhagen is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Monocle preview: December/January issue 2016
Our December/January double issue sees us go for growth as we explore smart ideas and profile blossoming business to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year. All that plus our Travel Top 50 and Soft Power Survey. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Soft Power Survey 2016/17
In this year's Soft Power Survey we look at the hard truths of politics and how a tumultuous year has affected the softer sides of nations. Find out who’s in and who’s out as we count down to the winner.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a city budding with talent: it's a haven for artists and architects, top chefs, fresh designers and trendsetting retailers. Our guide will take you beyond the Hollywood bubble and uncover the diverse and exciting culture scene. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Los Angeles is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Issue 99 ∙ December 2016/January 2017
Go for growth! Fertile ideas to fix your nation, life and playlists. A double issue of opportunities, smart ideas and blossoming businesses to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year.
Issue 98 ∙ November 2016
Canada calling: why it’s time to take a fresh look north. From Toronto to the high north – Monocle reports on a nation that’s flexing mind and muscle, re-engaging diplomatically and spreading its wings.
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Could it be magic?
The Netherlands’ fourth-largest city is attracting young entrepreneurs in droves. They come for a slower pace of life and to work in one of Europe’s friendliest and best-connected mini hubs.
When magazine editor Aaron Hicklin opened a bookshop in upstate New York, he wanted to move beyond the usual roster of titles. In the year since he launched, his guest-edited book lists have driven sales and put One Grand on the map.
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The Fast Lane
I’m dreaming of a ‘weiss’ Christmas
I ventured into Schumann’s Tagesbar, found a seat in the corner and picked up a copy of Handelsblatt. A sharp-looking waiter in a white jacket took my order and promptly returned with some bar snacks and warming glass of Spätburgunder wine
The Bulletin with UBS
We focus on potential political risk ahead for Europe: the likelihood of further successes for anti-establishment politics, the impact of more populism (and maybe more anti-EU sentiment) for the bloc and how investors can be best placed to exploit such turbulent times.