How do we cope with the public and private disaster? Jasmina Tesanovic on being bombed in Belgrade – ‘The Diary of a Political Idiot’; Ian Jack on good behavior aboard the Titanic; Joy Williams on the necessary death of her dog Hawk; Edward Said on the shame of his body; James Buchan inside Saddam’s Iraq. Plus: Edmund White, and the début of a novelist unknown when this issue was published – Zadie Smith.
‘The worst thing about knowing he was positive was that now he was under an obligation to tell his partners. Not that he informed the man he picked up in the park or the guy he lured over on the phone chatline.’
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