Stuff, it’s just stuff, but revealing stuff. Photograph: iStock

For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50sq m Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation of his possessions, inclu(...)

David Duchovny at Central Park in Manhattan, April 16, 2018. His novel’s heroine Emer Gunnels is a 41-year-old New York schoolteacher who likes to take the subway,  eat ice cream and make love with her boyfriend, Cuchulainn, a writer known as Con. Photograph: Clement Pascal/The New York Times

I’m a sucker for a man who reads Yeats. So I’m bound to like a man who bases his novel on an obscure Yeats play. “When I was at Yale in graduate scho(...)