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The Animal Inside Paula Cocozza runs a little wild


IT WAS WHILE Paula Cocozza was helping neighbors tidy up a patch of scrubland near her house in east London a couple of years ago that she found the inspiration for her debut novel. Sensing she was being watched, she turned to see a fox peeking through the brambles. Over a period of weeks, a sort of communication began: The fox kept leaving holes inside holes Cocozza had dug and moving rolls of turf. In How to Be Human, Cocozza takes that animal behavior and turns it into the story of what happens when Mary, a human in emotional disarray following a messy breakup, embarks on a relationship with Fox, a Vulpes vulpes.

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ONE MILLION DEAD: WHAT WAR WITH NORTH KOREA WOULD LOOK LIKE What would another armed conflict on the peninsula look like? During the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, some 2.7 million Koreans died, along with 33,000 Americans and 800,000 Chinese. In any pre-emption scenario now, the U.S. would try to keep the strike limited to the task at hand; at the same time, Washington would signal in any way it could, probably via the North’s ally in Beijing, that it did not seek a wider war.