The ‘CEO of Self’

On ‘This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House’

This is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House

by Herman Cain

The Crass, Beautiful Eternal City

On Robert Hughes’s ‘Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History’

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History

by Robert Hughes

Late-Night Whispers from Poland

Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems

by Tadeusz Różewicz, translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak, with a foreword by Edward Hirsch


by Wisława Szymborska, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Unseen Hand

by Adam Zagajewski, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh

The Rocky Ascent of Condoleezza Rice

On No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

by Condoleezza Rice

How to Dispel Your Illusions

On ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

London’s Apocalypse Then & Now

Frieze Art Fair

an exhibition at Regent's Park, London, October 13–16, 2011

Pavilion of Art and Design London

an exhibition at Berkeley Square, London, October 12–16, 2011

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990

an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, September 24, 2011–January 15, 2012

Gerhard Richter: Panorama

an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, October 6, 2011–January 8, 2012, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, February 12–May 13, 2012, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, June 6–September 24, 2012

September: A History Painting by Gerhard Richter

by Robert Storr

John Martin: Apocalypse

an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, September 21, 2011–January 15, 2012


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The Audacious Historian

An Honourable Englishman: The Life of Hugh Trevor-Roper

by Adam Sisman

China Gets Religion!

The Religious Question in Modern China

by Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer

Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule

by Fenggang Yang

God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

by Liao Yiwu

Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China

by Lian Xi

On a Mystery Voyage with Michael Ondaatje

A novelist in whose work predictable boundaries are always in question

The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

The Question of Shakespeare’s Prejudices

Shakespeare, Sex, and Love

by Stanley Wells

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: A New Commentary

by Don Paterson

The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time

by Robert Brustein

Shakespeare's Freedom

by Stephen Greenblatt

Werner Herzog on Death Row

Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life

a film directed by Werner Herzog

The Greatest French Artist of His Century

Watteau: The Drawings

an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 12–June 5, 2011

Watteau at the Wallace Collection

an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London, March 12–June 5, 2011

Keeping Watch on the Detectives

One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty

by Simon Chesterman

Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security

by Daniel J. Solove

The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties

by David K. Shipler

What I Hate About Writers’ Houses

Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

by Richard Horan

A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses

by Anne Trubek

Battling with Du Bois

Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois

by Lawrie Balfour

In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America

by Robert Gooding-Williams

The Mysterious Women of Vermeer

Vermeer has a mind-boggling technique for transferring visual sensations from eye to canvas as if without the hand’s intervention. Color has somehow wafted down, as leaves might on water, and cohered automatically into threads and ringlets and cushions.

Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, October 5, 2011–January 15, 2012

The Revolutionary Shias

Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest

by Hamid Dabashi

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