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Best Book of 2008: The Alphabet
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
Best Story of 1965: ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’
Aimee Bender on why Flannery O’Connor's ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’ is the best story of 1965.
Best Book of 2006: The Re-Emergence of Global Finance
Oliver Bullough on why Gary Burn's The Re-Emergence of Global Finance is the best book of 2006.
‘A nightjar is a dusty carpet whose pattern has absorbed into it every tread.’
‘My two valuable lessons are: avoid romanticism and abhor possessiveness.’
‘What they are excavating is the birth of a civilisation.’
Fatima Bhutto on the Refugee Crisis
‘In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?’
First Sentence: Molly Brodak
‘A name is a single small token of selfhood issued at birth, upon which all the rest of one’s person must be built.’
War in Donbas
Six days on the front lines of Ukraine’s ongoing battle with pro-Russian separatists
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
Cairo: September 2014
‘Over the past few months, the government has been ad-libbing the time.’
The Foreign Correspondent
‘The absence of Indian foreign correspondents was, and is, unexceptional.’