Violet Hudson

Town Mice Triumph

Can the abundant amenities of the city make up for the nagging feeling that everyone else is having much more fun than you?

Home Discomforts

Throughout literature, supernatural creatures have a way of disturbing safe havens

Acropolis Now

The world's most famous ruin has been getting a facelift

Home Sweet Home

The pleasure of reading archetypally English books while abroad

Lechery à la Grecque

Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi is reprehensible but shows his love of Greece

An Odyssey To Athens

Moving to the city where democracy began

Clear Prose of Shining Brilliance

In her latest collection of essays, the New Yorker staff writer Janet Malcolm is at her empathetic, clever, shining best

High-Minded Or Hot Air?

At times in Levels of Life, Julian Barnes at his dizzying best—it is writing from his informed, proud and devoted heart

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"