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Claire Berlinski

Writer, Researcher, and Journalist

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Claire Berlinski

Novelist, essayist, journalist, historian, travel writer, biographer, critic.

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The Truth About Polygraph Tests

News organizations would render a valuable service if, whenever they report that someone has taken or proposes to take a polygraph, they reminded readers (or explained to them) that polygraphs are voodoo. Junk science. They are no more reliable than a pack of Tarot cards. Polygraph evidence is inadmissible in court.
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La Comédie humaine: Tonguetwister

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. The French take elocution very seriously; it is considered basic, minimal politeness to speak clearly, and inadequate articulation is perceived as lazy.
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La Comédie humaine: Bright lights

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. I took a seat in the front row. So did Fabien. He opened his laptop, and began tapping away like a man on a commuter train writing a memo about a filing deadline.
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La Comédie humaine: How to Act

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. The audition, she explained, was simple. I was to show up for two classes spéciales and just … participate. There would be “exercises,” she said, and “improvisation.”.
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La Comédie humaine: Entrée

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. I feared superstitiously that if I failed to keep my New Year’s resolution, all my previous schemes for self-improvement would come undone and within a month I’d be living on Marlboro Reds and bacon cheeseburgers.
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La Comédie humaine: Introduction

I was in Paris for part of the Carter Administration. Not all of it: I’d watched the Iranian Revolution and then the hostage crisis on TV in my parents’ bedroom near Seattle, but we were in Paris by the time Carter tried to rescue the hostages. I was eleven. When Mitterrand thrashed Chirac in 1988, I was in Paris again.
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La Comédie humaine: Introduction

I was in Paris for part of the Carter Administration. Not all of it: I’d watched the Iranian Revolution and then the hostage crisis on TV in my parents’ bedroom near Seattle, but we were in Paris by the time Carter tried to rescue the hostages. I was eleven. When Mitterrand thrashed Chirac in 1988, I was in Paris again.
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Turkish Delight: A Sour Delicacy

Inever planned to live in Istanbul. Like so many things in my life, it just wound up that way. From my window I see massive and glittering cruise ships setting sail on the Golden Horn, sunrise over the Topkapı Palace, glowing like fire, tankers coming down from Odessa, pleasure craft coming up from the Sea of Marmara.
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Communism’s Defeat, 20 Years Later

Several weeks ago, the British press, led by the Times of London, reported “explosive” evidence from Soviet archives indicating that Margaret Thatcher—of all people! had tried to keep the Berlin Wall from falling. Indeed, said the paper, she secretly urged Mikhail Gorbachev to “do what he could to stop it.”.
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Jupiter and Rambo

“Grotesque speculations” are crippling France when we need it most. Most Americans have not heard the name Benalla, and if they have, they haven’t a clue why it should concern them. How could they? The White House is a region of spacetime exerting such a strong pull on our attention that no one can escape; a scandal in France that sounds inscrutable and insignificant will not be the exception to the rule, even if it is neither.
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Dominican Republic or Bust

The key to understanding the Dominican Republic is to imagine a country where Jennifer Lopez is the president, Ricky Martin the secretary of the interior, Christina Aguilera the secretary of state, and their backup singers the Supreme Court. An election was taking place while I was in Santo Domingo, visiting my family.
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Opinion Arm in Arm, Trump and Putin Are Pulling Europe Apart. The Consequences Will Be Catastrophic

About

Claire Berlinski

I'm an American novelist, freelance journalist, travel writer, biographer, historian, editor and consultant who lives amid a menagerie of adopted stray animals in Paris. I'm the author of There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. I'm also the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's crisis is America's, Too, and two spy novels: Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. I'm a contributing editor of City Journal, a fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a senior fellow for Turkey of the American Foreign Policy Council, and an editor and regular contributor at Ricochet.com.

I'm now working on a book called Brave Old World: Europe Revisited, a sequel to my first book about Europe, which was published ten years ago. This time, my reporting will be entirely funded by my readers: I'd be ever so grateful for your help.

www.gofundme.com/braveoldworld
www.berlinski.com
www.ricochet.com

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www.gofundme.com/braveoldworld

Skills

  • Writing novels
  • Writing essays
  • Journalism
  • Travel writing
  • Historical research
  • Writing biographies
  • Criticism