In Janet Malcolm’s last book, the somberly thrilling “Iphigenia in Forest Hills,” the reader takes a seat beside the journalist at a murder trial in Queens. In her new book, “Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers,” Malcolm leads us through photography exhibitions, artists’ studios and posh New York apartments.
She brings us to the Bloomsbury of the early 20th century, where Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell, cultivated their artistic and romantic lives, and to Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, Bell’s country retreat, where today’s Bloomsbury devotees can indulge the desire to look out of the same windows their idols once did.
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Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27