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Our hero: Peter Matthiessen

John Irving<p>My friend Peter Matthiessen, who was 86, died on April 5 at his home in Sagaponack, New York, where we once were neighbours and read each other's novels – in their embarrassing, first-draft lives.<p>I remember what Peter wrote in the margin of my manuscript of <i>The Cider House Rules</i>. The boy …

Paris Review - Peter Matthiessen 1927-2014

Terry McDonell<p>Issue 209, Summer 2014<p>When Peter Matthiessen died on April 5 at his home in Sagaponack, <i>The Paris Review</i> lost an inspiring founder and intrepid spirit. To reflect on his life is to see the world’s widest horizons, sometimes detailed in the patterns of color on the wings of his beloved …

Is Obama’s ‘Iraq First’ Strategy Working Against ISIS?

The Obama administration believes it can tackle problems in Iraq first, then Syria, but will that make things better or worse down the road? By Gayle …

The Slippery Question of What Makes a Great Book

<i>“A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it,”</i> Italo Calvino wrote in one of his fourteen definitions of a classic, <i>“but which always shakes the particles off.”</i> And yet even if we agree that “a book is a heart that only beats in the chest of …

Authors’ favorite books: The ultimate literary guide to 2014

From Roxane Gay on Lindsay Hunter to Knausgaard on Donald Antrim, authors share the books they loved most this year<p>Michele Filgate<p>December 26, 2014 3:00pm (UTC)<p><b>Karen Abbott, author of “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” (Harper)</b><p><i>“Euphoria,” by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press)</i><p>I was wholly captivated by …

3 Books You Absolutely Must Read Next Year

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/13ydRnu<p>There is a famous conversation between Eisenhower and the Russian General Zhukov. Ike asked, …