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David Cornwell, George Smiley and Alec Guinness

A few days ago my cousin Ben Wittes devoted his podcast, In Lieu of Fun, to John le Carré, whose real name was David Cornwell. Ben and his podner, Kate Klonick, had as their guest Pete Strzok; this was a certifiably … Continue reading

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Impeachment hearings are all about non-fictional and fictional storytelling

A few months ago I first heard someone on TV talk about “the server in the Ukraine.” It was a Republican congressman talking, and he was behaving in a way I’ve now come to realize is the delivery system for … Continue reading

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Part 2. Triple Cross: an eerie encounter with Russian spies

Somewhere in the middle of my tandem read and re-read of A Spy Among Friends and Tinker Tailor, I began to smell odors emitting from our immediate Russian spy situation in the United States. Which often reads more like fiction … Continue reading

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