A Different Susan

Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag

by Sigrid Nunez

The Saints Take Broadway

The Book of Mormon

a musical by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw

Manet: ‘Sudden Sensuous Dazzle’

Manet: Inventeur du Moderne [Manet: The Man Who Invented Modernity]

an exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, April 5–July 3, 2011

The Illusions of Psychiatry

The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

by Irving Kirsch

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

by Robert Whitaker

Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry—A Doctor's Revelations About a Profession in Crisis

by Daniel Carlat

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)

by American Psychiatric Association

Egypt: The Victorious Islamists

Sectarian tensions and violence after Mubarak

The Secret Sharer

Open City

by Teju Cole

The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why?

A pattern of financial overreach, taxpayer bailout, and Wall Street ingratitude

Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present

by Jeff Madrick

The Variety of Movie Experience

On Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

a film directed by Terrence Malick

What Drove the Terrible War?

Five new books about the Civil War

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

by Amanda Foreman

The Union War

by Gary W. Gallagher

1861: The Civil War Awakening

by Adam Goodheart

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

by David Goldfield

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War

by George C. Rable

The Visions of Ann Beattie

The New Yorker Stories

by Ann Beattie


by Ann Beattie

Chilly Scenes of Winter

by Ann Beattie

Secrets and Surprises

by Ann Beattie

The Burning House

by Ann Beattie

Park City: New and Selected Stories

by Ann Beattie

Perfect Recall

by Ann Beattie

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The ‘Dramatic Picture’ of Richard Feynman

He hated all hierarchies, and considered science to be a collective enterprise.

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science

by Lawrence M. Krauss


by Jim Ottaviani, with art by Leland Myrick and coloring by Hilary Sycamore

Making Fun of the Stories We Know

Seven Years

by Peter Stamm, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

On a Day Like This

by Peter Stamm, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

Unformed Landscape

by Peter Stamm, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

The Master Returns: Konrad Witz in Basel

Konrad Witz

an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, March 6–July 3, 2011

A Demon-Haunted Group Portrait

The Free World

by David Bezmozgis

In Kundera’s Laboratory


by Milan Kundera, translated from the French by Linda Asher

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