Jamie would not discuss why he was directing Middleton’s and Rowley’s The Changeling for the college dramatic society. The reason was Susan Hart. The play was an attempt to create an obsession that would take the place of his obsession with her. It worked as far as time was concerned since he ha…
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Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
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When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
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The Man Who Lived
Snigdha Poonam reports from India, where rumours spreading over WhatsApp fuel flash mobs, political violence and murder.
Political resistance, poetry, self-revelation all spring from that provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints.
‘Where emotions are suppressed and actions monitored, acting only becomes ubiquitous, and so convincing that we even trick ourselves.’
‘Malachi is brushing her hair, long, dark brown and with russet glints. She likes it, as he can tell from her smile in the mirror.’