I miss silence in the movies. Not silent movies—the films so called were anything but, since they relied on live music from a piano pit or an orchestra to convey mood, momentum and sound effects. What I miss in films is silence, not only as a neutral medium, or even for its powers of contrast, but…
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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.
A Few Words about Fake Breasts
Nell Boeschenstein on the fraught discourse surrounding post-mastectomy reconstruction.
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What I’m Listening To
‘Obscure repertoire is a sensible hiding-place for mediocre technique.’
Everything Is Different in Your House
‘At the end of the year, an ambulance brought Suseela home from hospital to die’.