American Underside

Posted on by David Gelber

For those us who have never heard of William Finnegan, the blurb to Cold New World tells us he ‘is regarded as the premier reporter in America‘. The claim is fairly magnificent, especially as Bob Woodward or Seymour Hersh or half a dozen other big-name reporters spring to mind. But Cold New World is, indeed, a piece of ambitiously […]

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Told by a Dog

Posted on by David Gelber

In the second volume of his memoirs, Messengers of Day (1978), Anthony Powell records a 1930s dinner party conversation with Dame Rose Macaulay. No, this lady remarked of some recently published novel (possibly Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust), she hadn’t read it yet: besides, adultery in Mayfair wasn’t a very interesting subject. ‘Why shouldn’t […]

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