London Review of Books

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”

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Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?

“What I had going for me was teen rage, contempt impervious to offers of compromise; the power of the mask capable of turning ice to marshmallow, and all the time in the world, all the ability to sustain it without surrendering.”

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Plain Girl’s Revenge Made Flesh

“When constant revisionism and re-invention is under way, what does it profit a biographer to drag the weary ‘facts’ before us?”

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Rape-Rape

Recalling a sexual assault.

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What Kind of Funny Is He? Under Kafka's Spell

Perhaps you didn’t know that in addition to being a very funny writer, Kafka’s life yields a lot of comedy too.

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Who Lives and Who Dies

"What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall towards you? More to the point, in terms of survival: what happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are."
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The Lives of Ronald Pinn

Creating, and then attempting to dismantle, a fake persona based on a man who died in 1984.

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Some Girls Want Out

On spectacular saintliness, holy anorexia, and female hysteria.

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I Was a Greek Neo-Fascist

Inside Greece’s far-right movement.

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West End Boy

On Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the rise of Islamophobia in Norway.