Love’s Languishing in the “Last Stories” of William Trevor

The 59-year-old title character of “Mrs Crasthorpe” is the lone mourner at her 72-year-old husband’s funeral. “The Unknown Girl” is most indicative of Trevor’s style and subject matter. First it’s a snuff box, then a porcelain swan, a “pot lid with a scene from Great Expectations on it,” an earring, a scarf, and two Staffordshire

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The Boy Who Stared Death in the Eye: On Gaito Gazdanov’s “The Beggar and Other Stories”

He mounts and rides off only to fall to the ground when the horse is shot dead beneath him. An Irish Times staff arts journalist and literary reviewer, she was named Arts Journalist of the Year four times and was National Critic of the Year in 2012. Her novel Teethmarks on my Tongue, which was published in the United

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A Necessary Fiction: Photography and Self-Image in Lynne Tillman’s “Men and Apparitions”

Bias is a fact of writing as much as perspective is a quality of sight. “Like a pair of binoculars with no right or wrong end, the camera makes exotic things near, intimate; and familiar things small, abstract, strange, much farther away,” Susan Sontag wrote in On Photography (1977). Petey is the consummate observer, seeing

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Genius as Circumstance

¤ Yuval Sharon founded and serves as artistic director of The Industry in Los Angeles. Sharon conceived, directed, and produced the company’s acclaimed world premieres of Hopscotch, Invisible Cities, and Crescent City. He also devised and directed the company’s two “performance installations”: In C at the Hammer Museum and Nimbus at Walt Disney Concert Hall. — merit this generosity? He created the template for Genius, which

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Closer to Beast Than Angel

Focusing on human uniqueness is like having eyes only for the tip of the iceberg, whereas we need to grasp the whole submerged mountain to know where we come from. William James, the founder of American psychology, pointed out this dilemma more than a century ago. Instead of finding the “mortal blow” to neonatal imitation

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Keep Showing Up: A Q-and-A with “This Is How I Save My Life” Memoirist Amy B. Scher

¤ UTIBE GAUTT ATE: Memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “Amy B. In a book about sickness, how did you achieve lightheartedness? It’s definitely controversial, but even my Western doctors said, “You know, you have to look at yourself.” They asked, “Do you have any toxic relationships?” I was so defensive. How did being a white Jewish

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“Creating the Historiography”: An Interview with Curator-Filmmaker Shola Lynch

I’ve just been delighted by so many people. Is that just something you know when you’re in the theater? Is that intentional? One of the things I really enjoy is that your vote actually matters. It includes emotion. If I did something steeped in enslavement I’d see it the same way. You also have sense

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High-Tech Bildungsroman: The Hysterical Optimism of Silicon Valley

His discussion of “regulatory arbitrage,” for example, begins with a succinct definition: it is, he writes, a “clever coinage” that refers to “the practice of using the internet to make money doing something that might be illegal if you did the same thing without using the internet.” The broader public’s unconcern for such things Pein

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The EU on a Shoestring

These programs, however, were soon politicized by the Cold War. Rather than dissuading the resulting migration, the Dutch tourism board capitalized on it, offering a four-day package tour called “Meet the Provos!” which had a typical holiday itinerary, plus a cruise on the IJsselmeer with young provos aboard. The EU was thus a useful compromise:

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LARB Radio Hour: Ryan Holiday on Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, and the Conspiracy Against Gawker

LARB Radio Hour: Ryan Holiday on Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, and the Conspiracy Against Gawker By LARB AV –  May 11, 2018 This week’s LARB Podcast is a master class in 21st Century power relations, as Ryan Holiday discusses his sensational new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue with co-hosts

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Ruffled Feathers; or, Fowl Play at the Tring Estate

The flies are elaborate and beautiful. Johnson lightly follows the politics. The “art form’s apotheosis” came in 1895, in a book by an “aristocratic playboy” that included “detailed recipes from some three hundred flies,” each of which had 19 components. “The subject line: ‘Paging: Secret Agent Edwin Rist.’” ¤ Temma Ehrenfeld is an independent journalist

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Canoodling with Junk Food: On Tommy Pico’s “Junk”

A running concern for Teebs is Marie Kondo’s best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which he calls an “anti-junk manifesto.” Teebs, who aligns himself with junk — junk food, men’s junk, junk shops — also notes that Kondo’s ideas about cleansing oneself from junk appeal to him: “The Kumeyaay custom of burning /

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Cisco and Microsoft — Their Part in My Downfall; or, the Lost Ethics of Higher Ed; or, Maybe, a Sob Story

Thankfully, the Bank of England caved in quickly, consenting to return to vegan currency. I only ask that you do so accurately.” The Chinese situation is not unprecedented. Because I live most of the year in the United Kingdom, I must deal with the fact that an unelected, uneducated, uninviting, and undistinguished monarch is on

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