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Biography

We was All Bent, Son

The double life of John le Carré

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The Body Politic

The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse.

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There’s the Rub

By Brian Blanchfield, from Proxies, an essay collection that will be published in April by Nightboat Books. Blanchfield is the author, most recently, of A Several World, a volume of…

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Where Numbers Become Flesh

From Gamelife, by Michael Clune, out this month from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Clune is also the author of White Out, an account of his heroin addiction.

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A Goose in a Dress

In which our intrepid restaurant critic submits to the dreams and excesses of New York’s most fashionable eateries

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Surviving a Failed Pregnancy

The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about

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Dissolution by Details

Bellow and the problems of literary biography

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In Search of a Stolen Fiddle

From the pawnshops of Portland to the con men of Craigslist

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The Day of the Knotweed

Battling Britain’s most destructive invasive plant

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