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<I>Having and Being Had</I>. By Eula Biss.  Riverhead, 2020.  336pp. HB, $26.

Self-Portrait of an Artist

  If the case of John Berger’s debut novel, A Painter of Our Time, still enrages sixty-three years after its release in 1958, a writer’s wrath especially might be attended by the smallest, wistful pang. An idea-driven meditation on the rol [...]

Coppelia’s main parlor.

Ice Cream, Socialized

Fidel Castro rejected his northern neighbors. But for a lifelong dairy lover who’d grown up on a farm in the Oriente province, ice cream proved harder to resist.

The Battle of the Margins

ALTHOUGH the voter is never far distant from the mind of the politician, British elections begin with the dissolution of the House of Commons. The reasons leading a prime minister to seek a dissolution are, therefore, a part of the election itse [...]