The Khashoggi investigation must be free from Trump and Erdoğan


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Turkey and the US have no leg to stand on when it comes to condemning violence against journalists – and Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder was a sign the rules have changed

A single death is a tragedy, a million a statistic — so goes Stalin’s brutally cynical comment. Only, today, it seems even a single death is a statistic, especially if it’s a journalist’s.

It’s that worry that motivated a group of us to start an open letter under the joint umbrella of PEN America and the Author’s Guild, urging the United Nations to launch an independent investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. I’d never written such a letter before, and only rarely signed one –but you don’t have to be a weatherman, as they say.

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Why David Foster Wallace should not be worshipped as a secular saint


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The release of a new DFW biopic, The End of the Tour, confirms his cult status as a guide to our cultural predicament. But to venerate him as literature’s ‘good guy’ is to miss the point

Recently, the impersonal fecundity of Google Alerts spat into my email inbox the news that a new oil painting of David Foster Wallace was for sale. The painter wanted $1,200 for his work. He lived in, of all places, Pistoia, Italy. The portrait is taken from a familiar photograph. DFW has on his granny glasses, a loose black shirt, and his long scraggly hair is held back by that broad white bandana that always reminds me of a battlefield bandage. The painting’s background is tundral and the Arctic-y light in turn gives Wallace’s face a pure cast it didn’t possess in real life. The sceptical, irritated gaze he has in the original photograph – ...