Joe Mitchell

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Joseph Mitchell  in his office at The New Yorker Magazine in New York, 1994. Photograph: AP Photo/Wyatt Counts)

Whenever the daily deadline looms and I’m struggling to fill my allotted space, as happens often, it sometimes helps to think about Joe Mitchell. The(...)

An 1834 sketch of Anne Brontë by her sister Charlotte. In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Anne Brontë has the heroine locking a drunken husband out of the bedroom: a door-slamming said by one critic to have reverberated across Victorian Britain.

A recent letter to that bastion of British conservatism, the Spectator magazine, lamented the latter-day tendency, even there, of spelling [the]“crack(...)