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November 3, 2017

I am in Ysternia, on the island of Tinos, reading Jørn Lier Horst’s Closed for Winter. 

As happens often in Nordic noir, rain pours in vertical curtains from the sky right before the crime is committed; and right afterwards. Rain turns the path to the journalist’s cottage into mud, rain fogs up the windows in...

November 3, 2017

After rules changed, in 2014, to include anyone who writes, or has been translated into, English, British writers are getting increasingly upset with the Booker Prize. It has now been awarded, for the second time in a row, to… an American, from Texas.

A regular columnist for the New Yorker, George Saunders – a...

November 1, 2017

“If you find yourself in London, don’t miss the Hockney exhibition at the Tate.” 

Of course I didn’t. 

Yet the book I picked up at the Tate Shop was not Hockney’s exhibition catalogue, no; it was journalist Geordie Greig’s Breakfast with Lucian, a well-written study of another very important C20 British artist,...

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