Illustration: Kotryna Zukauskaite/The New York Times

“Would you please please please please please please please stop talking.” – The girl, from Hills Like White Elephants (1927), by Ernest Hemingway I(...)

James Lee Burke. Photograph: Frank Veronsky

THE Author discusses his southern roots, the challenges of the US class system and his time as a crime reporter  Spending time with James L(...)

The Fighting O’Sheas - Brian, Rory, Tom and Mike - lived a life that was one-part West Side Story, two-parts The Harder They Fall.

A Sunday night like so many others, Tom O’Shea at the wheel of a ramshackle van full of young ’uns heading back to Chicago from a boxing tournament in(...)

The Chantelivre bookshop in the rue de Sèvres has window display of 36 books about hospitals, epidemics and quarantine. Photograph: Tala Skari

“Read!” president Emmanuel Macron exhorted his compatriots when he announced France’s coronavirus lockdown on March 16th. Perhaps only the French cou(...)

Lake Michigan: In summer, the weather is usually glorious, so it’s all about the outdoors – there’s lots of water sports from paddleboarding and surfing to boating and water-skiing. Photograph: iStock

The Horton Bay General Store is a two-storey clapboard-framed building on a quiet country road between Boyne City and Charlevoix, in northern Michigan(...)

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 film The Great Gatsby. F Scott Fitzgerald’s quintessential Jazz Age novel, written five years into Prohibition, is drenched in champagne and other illicit alcohol. As was its author. Photograph: AP

This month marks the centenary of an experiment that forever changed the United States of America. In January 1920, Prohibition was enacted. The 18th (...)

Liverpool’s Fabinho  in action against Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Jürgen Klopp’s first game in English football was a scuffly 0-0 draw against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, and for most of his first three years at(...)

 A defaced ‘Welcome to Northern Ireland’ sign is displayed on the Irish Border in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’” Ernest Hemingway’s insight may be applied to breakthro(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

Yumi Katsura: ‘When I met Grace Kelly (above), I understood the real meaning of “elegant”  as a verb.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Among the latest linguistic outrages brought to us by advertising, I see, is the use of “elegant” as a verb.  At least according to Private Eye m(...)

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