Matthew Clayfield

Matthew Clayfield is a freelance foreign correspondent and travel writer.

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The prolific documentarian’s new series finally acknowledges that American stories have an impact on the stories of others
Seeing both sides in Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’
The Vietnam War begins like so many Ken Burns films before it: by listing, in the inimitable voice of Burns’ go-to narrator Peter Coyote, a series of dichotomies that the ten...
 
Self-portrait of Vivian Maier
In a world obsessed with sharing images, what should we make of a street photographer who hoarded them?
Understanding Vivian Maier
The strange tale of Vivian Maier has been well rehearsed by now. It has been the subject of countless articles, innumerable gallery programs, two documentaries and at least one...
 
Álvaro Enrigue’s ‘Sudden Death’ and the nonfiction future of fiction
A novel idea
In her celebrated essay ‘Two Paths for the Novel’, Zadie Smith set out to define exactly what it said on the label. There was Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, with its lyrical...
 
In the 1960s, Sydneysider Chris Meagher was a torero known as “El Australiano”
An Aussie bullfighter in Spain
At first glance, Chris Meagher’s apartment in Sydney’s Double Bay looks like that of any retiree. Photos of children and grandchildren line the mantelpiece. Nostalgic knick-knacks...
 
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