On Intellectuals and Democracy

Intellectual activity is a little bit like seduction. If you go straight for your goal, you almost certainly won’t succeed.

A Grand & Tender Artist

Wilhelm Lehmbruck: Sculptures and Etchings

an exhibition at the Michael Werner Gallery, New York City, January 19–March 3, 2012; and at Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne, March 30–May 4, 2012

Kneeling Woman 100 Years: Wilhelm Lehmbruck in Paris 1911

edited by Raimund Stecker and Marion Bornscheuer

The Voice of Big-Time Sports

Howard Cosell: The Man, The Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

by Mark Ribowsky

How, and How Not, to Improve the Schools

Is Teach for America the solution to the nation’s education problems?

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

by Pasi Sahlberg

A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All

by Wendy Kopp with Steven Farr

In the Temple of Desire

Frederick Wiseman and the Crazy Horse Saloon

Crazy Horse

a film by Frederick Wiseman

Beckett: Storming for Beauty

One of the greatest letter-writers, Beckett could not be dull even when he tried

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941–1956

edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, and Lois More Overbeck

Violent, Ecstatic Russians

Day of the Oprichnik

by Vladimir Sorokin, translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell

Ice Trilogy

by Vladimir Sorokin, translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell

Extreme Romanticism at the Met

‘Ernani,’ and the extraordinary range of Verdi’s genius


an opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Queens Against the Flow

Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII

by Giles Tremlett

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen

by Anna Whitelock

Mary I: England’s Catholic Queen

by John Edwards

Where No One Has Ever Gone

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

by Margaret Atwood

Our Corrupt Politics: It’s Not All Money

If we got the money out of politics, which problems, exactly, would we have solved?

Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist

by Jack Abramoff

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It

by Lawrence Lessig

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