Sitting in the Closerie des Lilas in Montparnasse, my friend tells me two stories. The first is about her grandfather, who arrived at Gare de l’Est after the Shoah, in which all forty-two members of his family were killed. He was hungry, maybe even starving, and took a seat in the restaurant of th…
Stones and Artichokes
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Who Killed Tolstoy?
Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On
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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The Man Who Lived
Snigdha Poonam reports from India, where rumours spreading over WhatsApp fuel flash mobs, political violence and murder.
Nicole Krauss In Conversation
‘The ancient stories we tell, as beautiful as they may be, also serve to shape our conventions about who we think we are or should be’
‘My painter caught me in a moment that is somehow rare and yet not uncharacteristic.’