Arts & Letters

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Portrait of the Artist as a Kidnapee

“The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” gives a satiric touch to the famed Frenchman’s European exhaustion.

illustration by Michael Hogue

T.S. Eliot, American

How his St. Louis roots and rocky marriage made “The Waste Land” possible

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Dancing With Words

Why handwriting is much more than a cumbersome discipline

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Wikimedia Commons

Sherlock Holmes’s Politics

He was a Victorian libertarian—and imperial conservative.

Fionne Kidney/Flickr

Love Is a Losing Game

A documentary on Amy Winehouse shows the softer side of a hard-living jazz star.

Elvin W. / Flickr

Getting It Write

A famed copy editor’s journey from cheese factory and the Teamsters to “prose goddess” at The New Yorker

Prime Minister of Israel/Flickr Photo by Kobi Gideon

Michael Oren’s Problem With American Jews

They’ve joined Obama’s multicultural coalition, as Israel embraces right-wing ethnocentrism.

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