Staff Picks: Dolls, Dakar, and Doomsday Preppers

By The Paris Review January 24, 2020 This Week’s Reading Francis Bacon’s studio at the Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland. Photo: antomoro (FAL or FAL). At this magazine, we like to think we know a thing or two about interviewing. But to read Interviews with Francis Bacon, the art critic David Sylvester’s book-length dialogue with the

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Playwright, Puppeteer, Artist, Cyclist

By The Paris Review January 24, 2020 Look For the avant-garde playwright, puppeteer, critic, novelist, artist, and cyclist Alfred Jarry, life was a series of artful acts. Perhaps best known in his day for the controversial play Ubu Roi, Jarry is often credited with helping spark the fires of surrealism, Dada, and futurism. “Alfred Jarry:

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Pendulum

By Jill Talbot January 24, 2020 The Last Year Jill Talbot’s column, The Last Year, traces the moments before her daughter leaves for college. It ran every Friday in November and returns this winter month, then will return again in the spring and summer. I grew up inside the smoke of my grandmother’s Pall Malls. The air

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A New Look At Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengal

National Film Archive of India A still from Ritwik Ghatak’s Subarnarekha, 1962 In February 1972, three months after the close of East Pakistan’s bloody war of secession, the Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak traveled to Dhaka, capital of the new nation of Bangladesh, as a state guest. It was a kind of homecoming. Born in 1925

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The Good Guy

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow Little, Brown, 448 pp., $30.00 Ronan Farrow; drawing by Tom Bachtell In 1995 CBS lawyers ordered 60 Minutes not to broadcast an interview with Jeffrey Wigand, a former vice president of research and development for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation (B&W).

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