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14 ENTRIES Matthew Clayfield is a freelance foreign correspondent and travel writer.



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Image of Christopher Hitchens in 2003. Image © Kathy deWitt / Alamy

Culture

‘Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, How He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters’ by Ben Burgis

On the question of why Christopher Hitchens still matters, Ben Burgis ultimately has little to say

Image of Anthony Bourdain in Roadrunner. © Focus Features

Culture

End of the road: The Anthony Bourdain documentary ‘Roadrunner’

Morgan Neville’s posthumous examination of the celebrity chef hews close to the familiar narrative

Image from ‘Broad City’

Culture

The last laugh

On ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, ‘Catastrophe’, ‘Broad City’, ‘You’re the Worst’, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and ‘Veep’

The hyperbole machine

Culture

The hyperbole machine

Social media and streaming services are changing what and how we watch

Image from ‘House of Cards’

Culture

The magnificently messy ‘House of Cards’

The show that made Netflix a major player comes to a satisfying and ludicrous end

Comedy gets a reset with ‘The Good Place’

Culture

Comedy gets a reset with ‘The Good Place’

This innovative NBC/Netflix series has reversed TV’s slide into darkness

Image from ‘Dark Tourist’

Culture

‘Dark Tourist’ fails to shed light on extreme travel’s shortcomings

David Farrier becomes the darkest ghoul on the bus in this Netflix travel series

Image from ‘The Americans’

Culture

‘The Americans’, the Russians and the perils of parallels

Why sometimes it’s better to approach art on its own terms

Image of Donald Trump

Society

‘Slow Burn’: Trump, Nixon and the art of the podcast

Slate Plus’s podcast on Watergate urges patience on its audience

Anthony Bourdain, the anti-foodie foodie

Culture

Anthony Bourdain, the anti-foodie foodie

The so-called bad-boy celebrity chef has always offered a smarter take – and now we’re beginning to notice

Seeing both sides in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ‘The Vietnam War’

Culture

Seeing both sides in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ‘The Vietnam War’

In a new series, prolific documentarian Ken Burns finally acknowledges that American stories have an impact on the stories of others

Self-portrait of Vivian Maier

Culture

Understanding Vivian Maier

In a world obsessed with sharing images, what should we make of a street photographer who hoarded them?

A novel idea

Culture

A novel idea

Álvaro Enrigue’s ‘Sudden Death’ and the nonfiction future of fiction

An Aussie bullfighter in Spain

Travel

An Aussie bullfighter in Spain

In the 1960s, Sydneysider Chris Meagher was a torero known as “El Australiano”