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Elif Batuman on Her New (Old) Novel, ‘The Idiot’

Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a hilarious, poignant, and deviously wise novel, couched in the late-adolescent sensibilities of its narrator, Selin. As a freshman at Harvard in 1995, Selin is overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and its possibilities. Batuman skillfully shows how the brilliance of

New foods, New attitudes, New…Yorker?

As the year comes to an end, so do my bagelisation columns. I can hear you sobbing already – I understand, I’m sorry, all good things come to an end etc. etc. Drink some tea, re-watch Downton Abbey and, although you will never be able