In reporting a Guardian Long Read about face masks, I ran into a problem that, I can only assume, will become more and more common for those of us…
I continue to tinker with the idea behind this newsletter. What should it do? At some point, I will want it to contain original writing—writing that…
On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine published a monster of a piece I’d reported ten months ago, in Colombo: on two wealthy brothers, from a moderate…
In December, for an end-of-year package put together by Rest of World, I wrote about a woman who was raped and killed in the fields in Hathras, a…
In a multi-storied issue a few months ago, I ventured that perhaps one purpose of this newsletter might be to send you some of my older writing that…
Earlier this year, an editor from Granta asked if I could contribute to their Winter 2020 issue, titled “Second Nature.” She knew what she wanted: a…
I’ve been reading Brian Dillon’s “Suppose A Sentence” and wondering why we write the way we write. In 27 essays, Dillon vivisects 27 sentences…
I wrote a column for Politico Europe about arsonists trying to burn down 5G towers across Europe, and compared it to the practice of burning…
It’s a funny thing, but when you grow fascinated with an idea, you hear its echoes everywhere. For four years, while I wrote my book about J. B. S…
Reader, you may not be a cricket fan. But stick with me. The tale is worth it. A full 25 years separated the 1996 World Cup—the first cricket games I…
Earlier this year, my editor at the Guardian sent me a short newspaper article that touched on a 20-year-old murder case, and on some of the forensic…
When Janet Malcolm died in June, I remembered that I’d once started reading “The Journalist and the Murderer” and, for extraneous reasons, never gotten…