Lynn Barber is, by her own admission, ‘exceptionally nosy’. Still a working journalist at seventy, she sums up her storied career as ‘asking questions that other people wanted to know the answers to but were too embarrassed to ask’. While there’s perhaps not that much more to it, there are a few tricks to her trade, and she divulges these in a new book, a sharp-clawed amalgam of greatest-hit interviews, their outtakes and afterlives.
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'Sabotage became so prevalent that bankers even created their own terms – ‘asymmetric information’, ‘lack of financial literacy’, ‘the principal-agent dilemma’ – to describe how they might turn a dime from customers’ gullibility or ignorance.'
'Unlike much that was extracted from India, these paintings were not plunder, and those who created them were properly remunerated and often received due credit.'
@PParkerWriting on 'Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company'.
‘"I feel", Lowell told Hardwick ... "as if I were pulled apart and thinning into mist, or rather being torn apart and still preferring that state to making a decision."'
Richard Davenport-Hines on the letters of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick.