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Tana French on “The Witch Elm”

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn Tana French was an actor in her thirties when she sat down to write a novel, about a mystery that takes the lives of two children, which became the global blockbuster “In the Woods.” With her subsequent books about the Dublin Murder Squad, French became known as “the queen…

By JohnValbyNation July 30, 2019 0

Olimpia Zagnoli’s “A Taste of Summer”

In her second cover for the magazine, Olimpia Zagnoli presents a pastel portrait of summer—and of a technique some people use to beat the heat. We recently talked to Zagnoli, who lives in Milan, about her thoughts on the season. You were born and raised in Italy. Do you prefer ice cream or gelato? Gelato!…

By JohnValbyNation July 29, 2019 0

Don’t Worry About the Democratic Presidential Polls

Exactly twelve years ago, on July 29, 2007, national opinion polls declared the front-runner for the Republican Presidential nomination to be one Rudolph Giuliani, the bombastic former New York City mayor. In second place, seven points back, was a retired Tennessee senator and actor, Fred Thompson. Languishing in third place, another five points behind, was…

By JohnValbyNation July 29, 2019 0

Elizabeth Strout on Returning to Olive Kitteridge

Your story in this week’s issue, “Motherless Child,” revolves around Olive Kitteridge, who was the protagonist of your 2008 story collection, “Olive Kitteridge,” and will be the protagonist of a sequel, “Olive, Again,” which comes out this fall. What made you want to go back to Olive (or move forward with her)? I never intended…

By JohnValbyNation July 29, 2019 0

Government Housing Structure Infested with Criminals and Rats

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A government-subsidized housing structure has fallen into a dangerous state and has become thoroughly infested with criminals and rats, a leading congressman warned on Saturday. The building has become “the territory of vicious gangsters who roam freely and consider themselves above the law,” Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat of Maryland, said. The…

By JohnValbyNation July 29, 2019 0