New York Review of Books

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Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales

Creating – and revising – the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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Dreams and Anna Karenina

On the particular genius of Tolstoy.

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Training Young Doctors

On the failing institution of the teaching hospital.

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A Strangely Funny Russian Genius

“Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.”

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The Best Years of Our Lives

Memories of “Hollywood’s most grinding bore,” Ronald Reagan.

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The Perils of Pauline

One famous critic (Adler) takes another (Pauline Kael) to task for a collection of reviews that is “without Kael- or Simon-like exaggeration, not simply, jarringly, piece by piece, line by line, and without interruption, worthless.”

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Insider Baseball

Joan Didion versus the boys on the bus:

American reporters “like” covering a presidential campaign (it gets them out on the road, it has balloons, it has music, it is viewed as a big story, one that leads to the respect of one’s peers, to the Sunday shows, to lecture fees and often to Washington), which is one reason why there has developed among those who do it so arresting an enthusiasm for overlooking the contradictions inherent in reporting that which occurs only in order to be reported.

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The Master Writer of the City

Joseph Mitchell used composites in his non-fiction, invented characters and added flourishes to his facts. Does it matter?

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A General Feeling of Disorder

A treatment for liver cancer gives the writer a fresh perspective on illness – and wellness.

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Remembering Orson Welles

The great director always refused to get liposuction.