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Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Elif Shafak, Michael Morpurgo and more on the cultural artefacts and pursuits that bring them solace in dark times.
Once a backward country in the grip of a grim dictatorship, Portugal has become a hot spot for tech migrants, surfers, foodies and yoga gurus, with a popular socialist prime minister.
The thought that in a few days I will be back in the land of WH Smith instead of PJ Clarke’s makes me feel as though all the air had been let out of me.
Travelling Europe by train is not just more responsible than flying, it offers a different philosophy of travel.
As I try to relax on the Greek island, which is romantically haunted by Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, I am yet further haunted by one of Beckett's letters, and by grammar.
In June 2017, Robert Melson was executed in Alabama for murder. I was there.
Flames were coming from a human being.
Gun deaths now seem factored-in to the discourse as acceptable losses. In this America, these shootings cannot be stopped.
America really needed the 1969 moon landing to go well to serve as an antidote to a decade of bad news. Does that sound familiar?
When I was 17, I met a 24-year-old gambling addict. The relationship almost killed me. But I learned who I was, and who I wasn’t.
A comic book artist pays tribute to one of New York City’s heroines.