Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

Otto Dix: Prostitute and Disabled War Veteran. Two Victims of Capitalism, 1923

Art of a Degenerate World

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One

an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, June 5–September 23, 2018

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s

by Stefanie Heckmann, Andreas Huyssen, Olaf Peters, Alfred Pfabigan, and Ernst Ploil

Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic

an exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, October 27, 2017–February 25, 2018

September 27, 2018 issue

Photograph by Daidō Moriyama from ‘Tokyo Color,’ December 2008–July 2015; included in Daido Tokyo

Stray Dog

On the photography of Moriyama Daidō

Daidō Moriyama: Record

edited by Mark Holborn

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance—Photography in Japan 1960/1975

edited by Diane Dufour and Matthew S. Witkovsky, with Duncan Forbes and Walter Moser

Daido Tokyo

by Daidō Moriyama

April 19, 2018 issue

Kitagawa Utamaro: The Young Man’s Dream, from the series Profitable Visions in Daydreams of Glory, circa 1801–1802. In this woodcut, Ian Buruma writes, a wakashu,or ‘beautiful youth,’ is ‘dreaming of sleeping with a famous high-class courtesan (the dream is revealed in a cartoon-like bubble over his head), while a young woman solicitously wraps a jacket around his shoulders lest he catch a cold.’

The ‘Indescribable Fragrance’ of Youths

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings (1600–1868)

an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, May 7–November 27, 2016; and the Japan Society, New York City, March 10–June 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 issue

Guy Burgess (right) with the British journalist Tom Driberg, who flew to Moscow after Burgess’s defection to interview him for a biography, August 1956

The Weird Success of Guy Burgess

Stalin’s Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

by Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone

by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert

December 22, 2016 issue

Oscar Wilde having lunch with Lord Alfred Douglas near Dieppe in 1898, after his release from Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde’s ‘Living Death’

Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison

an exhibition produced by Artangel at Reading Prison, Reading, England, September 4–December 4, 2016

November 24, 2016 issue

Jean Béraud: The Proposition or The Assignation in the Rue Chateaubriand, circa 1885

French Love for Sale

Splendours and Miseries: Images of Prostitution in France, 1850–1910

December 17, 2015 issue

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