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“Morally Murky World” Redux

This morally murky world of spying is where le Carré continues to make his literary mark. John le Carré’s 25th novel, “Agent Running in the Field,” was published on October 22, 2019. It came two years after the 88-year-old author’s … Continue reading

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A. O. Scott on Sontag

The credit on this piece says “A.O. Scott is a chief film critic at The Times and the author of ‘Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.’” I read him frequently. (Strictly as a … Continue reading

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Piquancy from Iris Murdoch

“Meat is really just an excuse for eating vegetables.” (“The Sea, The Sea,” 1978) “To find a person inexhaustible is simply the definition of love.” (“Under the Net,” 1954 — Murdoch’s first novel) (Quotes are from Dwight Garner, “On the … Continue reading

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Second Take

Learning something about a picture — how it’s made or its origin, for example — can trigger or enhance appreciation. I wonder if an artist really wants that? Wouldn’t he or she prefer that the work commune directly and totally … Continue reading

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