New York Review of Books

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The Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker

“The tragedy of Dorothy Parker, it seems to me, isn’t that she succumbed to alcoholism or died essentially alone. It was that she was too intelligent to believe that she had made the most of herself.”
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Insider Baseball

On the 1988 presidential election and 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 Fierce Courage of Nina Simone

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. I mean really, no fear!”

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Windows on the Will

A trip to the zoo, Charlie Kaufman’s new film, and human despair.

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The Mystery of ISIS

How a tattooed video store clerk with a history of drinking and drug use ended up at an Islamic self-help class leading to the birth of ISIS.

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A Conversation in Iowa

An exchange on faith and politics in America.

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The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

Dolphins may have the capacity for mourning, and elephants sometimes bury their dead.

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The Elmore Leonard Story

How the prolific crime novelist did his work.

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Fear

On America, Christianity, and “ignorance, intolerance, and belligerent nationalism.”

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The Movies of My Youth

The aftereffects of youthful escapes into movie houses.

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The Pope and the Planet

The Pope’s vision for addressing climate change.

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Find Your Beach

On loving and hating and living in Manhattan.