Arts & Letters
“The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” gives a satiric touch to the famed Frenchman’s European exhaustion.
How his St. Louis roots and rocky marriage made “The Waste Land” possible
Why handwriting is much more than a cumbersome discipline
He was a Victorian libertarian—and imperial conservative.
A documentary on Amy Winehouse shows the softer side of a hard-living jazz star.
A famed copy editor’s journey from cheese factory and the Teamsters to “prose goddess” at The New Yorker
They’ve joined Obama’s multicultural coalition, as Israel embraces right-wing ethnocentrism.
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