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‘A patient must heave their entire body into their mouth.’
Will Rees in search of a diagnosis.
‘The Roma understand that a home doesn’t need axles and wheels to be “Gypsy”, and we look for other signs.’
Damian Le Bas introduces photographs taken by the Herak family.
Beirut Fragments, 2021
‘We live with the permanent sense of imminent disaster.’
Charif Majdalani on the situation in Beirut. Translated from the French by Ruth Diver.
She Used to Sing Opera
‘I used to be ashamed of it, though I’m not sure what exactly felt shameful.’
On training to be an opera singer.
Notes on Craft
Sara Freeman, author of Tides, on writing while seeing the wood for the trees.
Notes on Craft
‘The scrubbing of floors or rugs. People down on their knees, “tamping” the stain.’ Alex Hyde on the everyday gestures that make a life.
Best Book of 1930: The Man Without Qualities
Elaine L. Wang on the best book of 1930: The Man Without Qualities.
Best Book of 2012: The Round House
‘Nine years after publication, Erdrich’s text still feels timely, even urgent.’
Larissa Pham’s best book of 2012.
Best Book of 2019: A Month in Siena
‘In art he finds the language with which to exchange mourning for some measure of equanimity.’
Emmanuel Iduma’s best book of 2019.
Best Book of 1982: A Boy’s Own Story
‘It didn’t occur to me that reading and being a reader was two very distinct things, one an act and a skill, and the other a role and a persona’
O Thiam Chin’s best book of 1982.
Best Book of 1988: Camera
Juliet Jacques on her best book of 1988.