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Ten Thousand Mile Mistake

Thomas Powers: Robert Stone in Saigon, 18 February 2021

Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone 
by Madison SmarttBell.
Doubleday, 588 pp., £27, March 2020, 978 0 385 54160 2
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The Eye You See With: Selected Non-Fiction 
by Robert Stone, edited by Madison SmarttBell.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pp., £20.99, April 2020, 978 0 618 38624 6
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‘Dog Soldiers’, A Flag for Sunrise’, Outerbridge Reach’ 
by Robert Stone, edited by Madison SmarttBell.
Library of America, 1216 pp., £35, March 2020, 978 1 59853 654 6
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... substantial novels about natural depravity in a fallen world. The strange thing, as described by Madison SmarttBell in his new biography of Stone, is the writer’s acceptance of the cards life had dealt him. His mother was ten kinds of crazy, but she cared for him before all others, made him feel loved and taught ...

Who removed Aristide?

Paul Farmer, 15 April 2004

... a comparison that Aristide did not discourage. ‘Toussaint was undone by foreign powers,’ Madison SmarttBell wrote in Harper’s in January, ‘and Aristide also had suffered plenty of vexation from outside interference.’ It’s usually easy to tell, in even the briefest conversation about Aristide, how your ...

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