Marguerite Duras’ most famous novel, The Lover, asks whether there can be a personal solution to a political problem.
[Trigger warning: talk of suicide and despair, including a disturbing picture.] Why did I read four (well, three and a … More
Some thoughts about hurtful words and their dangerous consequences in Oliver Sacks’ On the Move and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.
I was reading an article about the mental depredations of chess-mastership, as evidenced by a new biography of Bobby Fischer, … More
The light in my bathroom, where every day I read for a while in the bath, recently broke. So I … More