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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
One genre and a billion happy endings
On the pleasures and perils of whisky
An American classic fades away
By Amitava Kumar, from A Matter of Rats, a “short biography” of his hometown of Patna, India, to be published by Duke University Press in April. Patna is the capital…
By Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011), from The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, to be published in March by New York Review Books. Edited by Colin Thubron…
What the prudes get wrong about Sin City
A pilgrimage to Ellen Altfest’s body paintings
A hard death on the high road
From an October 9, 2012, email sent by Lucy Bird, then chief executive of Marketing Edinburgh, to city councillors Sue Brice and Alastair Maclean, during the development of an ad…
An economic companion to the Messiah
From actor Richard Burton’s diary entries recording a trip with his wife Elizabeth Taylor to visit Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in preparation for The Battle of Sutjeska, a 1973…