Elmore Leonard: a great writer in his own way, a way not usually compared with Joyce’s, although they had some things in common. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP

On Twitter recently, with another Bloomsday approaching, I found myself drawn into a Twitter debate about whether James Joyce made a real or feigned m(...)

Recovering a body from the General Slocum excursion steamer disaster in New York

In New York’s East River, between Manhattan and Queen’s, is a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate. The name is apt, if accidentally so, because in th(...)