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A Reporter at Large
Published: April 16, 2007
Length: 47 minutes (11946 words)
Ten minutes into his dive, Dave Shaw started to look for the bottom. Utter blackness pressed in on him from all sides, and he directed his high-intensity light downward, hoping for a flash of rock or…
Length: 39 minutes (9847 words)
The Psychologist
Vladimir Nabokov's understanding of human nature anticipated the advances in psychology since his day Vladimir Nabokov once dismissed as preposterous the French writer Alain Robbe-Grillets…
Length: 16 minutes (4199 words)
The Ultimate Counterfeiter Isn’t a Crook—He’s an Artist
Photo: Jaap Scheeren On a bright May afternoon in 2007, a German artist and printmaker named Hans-Jürgen Kuhl took a seat at an outdoor café directly opposite the colossal facade of the…
Author: David Wolman
Published: May 18, 2012
Length: 18 minutes (4548 words)
The Long and Winding History of the Thames
Steve Brooker treads through a sea of slime, protected by rubber boots and fisherman’s coveralls, stopping every few feet to probe the soggy ground with his trowel. “We’re…
Length: 23 minutes (5999 words)
On Georges Simenon | Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review
Long before his death, Georges Simenon’s literary output overwhelmed all but the most ardent readers and critics. He published hundreds of novels in his own name and under a range of…
Length: 22 minutes (5677 words)
What to Make of Finnegans Wake?
Like many admirers of the work of James Joyce, I had imposed strict terms on that admiration, and around the work I had drawn a clear ambit, beyond which I was unprepared to stray. Ulysses and…
Published: July 12, 2012
Length: 1 minutes (494 words)
Selfishness as Virtue - Benjamin E. Schwartz
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Aloneby Eric Klinenberg Penguin Press, 2012, 288 pp., $27.95 The health of American society is a perennial favorite topic for…
Length: 11 minutes (2818 words)
Much Ado About Nothing: Examining the Curse of Tutankhamun
In the early part of the 20th century, the world experienced tumultuous change. At the turn of the century, advances in technology linked humans around the world like never before, political borders…
Length: 8 minutes (2005 words)
LRB · Marina Warner · Once a Catholic…: Damien Hirst
In 1991 the art critic Louisa Buck rang me up – she was my sister-in-law and in those days we didn’t text – and said I really should go along to Bond Street and see the butterflies hatching in some…
Length: 12 minutes (3240 words)
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