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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Ted Hughes’s evasions
Gambling and suicide in Atlantic City
The double life of John le Carré
The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse.
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…
In which our intrepid restaurant critic submits to the dreams and excesses of New York’s most fashionable eateries
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. Read…
The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about
Bellow and the problems of literary biography
From the pawnshops of Portland to the con men of Craigslist
Battling Britain’s most destructive invasive plant