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Tinker, Tailor, Writer, Spy – The New York Times

When John le Carré was running agents for the British secret intelligence service MI6 in the early 1960s, there were certain qualities he looked for in a candidate. Gregariousness, cocktail party charm, the ability to hold one’s drink — all of that mattered, of course. But above all, what le …

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In ‘Catch and Kill,’ Ronan Farrow Recounts the Opposition He Faced Chasing the Harvey Weinstein Story

He didn’t let it go, though there were plenty of people who tried to pry him loose. In addition to the “all white, all male” chain of command at NBC, there was Weinstein himself, waging a war on all fronts. Image Part of the book is about Black Cube, the …

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Elton John Puts Down in Words How Wonderful (and Weird) Life Has Been

When Elton John was successful enough to buy a plane, he picked a notorious one: a purple and gold flying tour bus reputedly favored by Led Zeppelin for wild parties. As a man who once played before 500,000 people dressed in a Donald Duck costume, he had it repainted to …

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In Deborah Levy’s Latest, a Student of History Learns to Confront His Own

Levy’s new novel, “The Man Who Saw Everything” is her third in a row to be nominated for the Booker Prize, following “Swimming Home” and “Hot Milk.” Saul Adler, its hero, is 28 years old in 1988, a young dandy, almost unnecessarily good-looking. “You are much prettier than I am,” …

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Not Quite French, Not Quite Syrian: ‘Aliens Without Knowing Why’

The younger brother fares better than most, landing a job as a nurse at a hospital, but isn’t immune from discrimination. At work he feels like a puppet, “playing assistant butcher for guys stupider than me, born in a different universe who treated me like Uncle Tom on some Alabama …

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At 5, She Protested Homosexuality. Now She Protests the Church That Made Her Do It.

UNFOLLOW A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist ChurchBy Megan Phelps-Roper In 1991, a breakaway church in Topeka, Kan., began picketing at a nearby park popular with gay men. Holding handmade signs that read “Gays Are Worthy of Death (ROM. 1:32),” members of the Westboro Baptist Church began …

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‘Betrayal in Berlin’ Recaptures a Golden Era for Espionage

In the early 1950s, the divided city of Berlin teemed with intelligence agents, all trying to keep a leg up for their side in the Cold War. In the midst of this activity, American and British operatives planned to dig a tunnel underneath the city, to intercept communications headed to …

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In ‘Antisocial,’ How the Alt-Right Went Viral

For a journalist, reporting about people whose views you might share can be tricky enough, but reporting about people whose views you find completely abhorrent can be even trickier. Andrew Marantz started covering what he calls the “bad-guys-on-the-internet beat” for The New Yorker before the surprising result of the 2016 …

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Six Russians Whose Money Has Made Art and Friends in the West

These men, personally or through foundations or companies they control, have given to arts organizations in the West and sponsored events that celebrate Russian culture abroad. Image Leonid Mikhelson Chairman and major shareholder of Novatek GIFTS: Mr. Mikhelson’s V-A-C Foundation has the goal of promoting Russian contemporary art internationally. He …

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