This blogger always finds the interesting articles!
The London Review of Books has a regular back page feature called “Diary”. Sometimes it is just that: Every so often, established contributors put together a selection of dated passages about their everyday lives. Sometimes, it’s a short memoir. One writer described his time in the Air Force working with nuclear weapons, his growing obsession with accidental detonation, and his eventual discharge. He was nobody I’d heard of, but obviously it was memorable. And sometimes, the diary is so much like regular political reporting that I can’t tell why they run it there. Sometimes, though, they’ll run something wonderfully odd. A couple of years ago there was a surprising piece on fan fiction by an American undergraduate. (You can read it here.)
A recent issue’s diary (here) is on “night climbing”, which means sneaking up and climbing whatever building you like, in the dark and without…
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