This story covering Georges Simenon’s prolific career, and his most well-known creation Commissaire Maigret, serves as a helpful primer for writing compelling fiction.
This dissection of a biography of the prominent American diplomatic Richard Holbrooke deals with a complex figure (“an exceptional shit of a human being, even aside from the defects born of extreme ambition”) who served in the Balkans under Clinton and Afghanistan under Obama, and stood for a very particular vision of America’s place in the world.
A story of a Swiss man who lived amongst the Penan in Sarawak, Malaysia – “one of the last populations of genuine nomads in the world”. Following run-ins with the Malaysian government and logging companies, and a brief repatriation to Switzerland, he returned to Sarawak undercover, only to go missing whilst trekking. Nearly 20 years later, he has never been found.