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French Visa Officer : PURPOSE OF YOUR TRIP TO FRANCE? Missus: Croissants. French Visa Officer : APPROVED. — French Visa Officer : PURPOSE OF YOUR TRIP TO FRANCE? Me: Jules Verne, Dumas, Victor Hugo, Camus, Voltaire.. French Visa Officer : excusez-moi Me: authors… French Visa Officer : alors? Me: Books. French Visa Officer : APPROVED.…

American Chronicles, The New Yorker, May 14, 2018 issue

The patio was crowded and lively, with people cramming in at the ends of long tables. I looked for little white plumes and counted three Juuls. Two people were smoking cigarettes in the corner, and I felt a twinge of longing. I liked cigarettes because they were gross and terrible for me—a way of confronting…

Historians, novelists, publishers, and critics who gathered at the Library of Congress in 1995 to mark Herman Wouk’s 80th birthday likened him to “an American Tolstoy.”

Wouk, who has been known to dodge journalists and podiums, took the floor reluctantly, explaining that he had hated history as a youth, had taken no history courses in college and had set forth in the 1930s with the life’s ambition to make people laugh. After working as a joke writer for radio comedian Fred…

Superman Comes to the Supermarket

In November 1960, Norman Mailer first tried his hand at a genre that would come to define his career. This is Mailer’s debut into the world of political journalism, a sprawling classic examining John F. Kennedy. I came across this reference to Norman Mailer in : The Man Behind the President’s Tweets (NYT Magazine April…

l’esprit d’escalier

We have an elevator at work that is used both by patients going to an infusion clinic on the second floor and by staff with administrative offices on the other floors. This elevator usually gets very packed at the start of the workday, with staffers rushing to get to their offices and patients  hurrying to…