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Going Beyond the Limits

The Sense of an Ending

by Julian Barnes


The Great Transition

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 14–July 8, 2012


How to Follow Our Weird Politics

Do campaigns and candidates matter?

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House

by Samuel L. Popkin


The Art of the Classic Loner

“My painting is tomorrow’s painting. Watch and see.”—Forrest Bess

an exhibition at Christie’s, New York City, March 1–April 11, 2012

The Man That Got Away

an installation at the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, March 1–May 27, 2012


The White Plight

Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

by Charles Murray

The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It

by Timothy Noah


The In-Between World

The Dardennes’ film ‘The Kid with a Bike’

The Kid with a Bike

a film directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne


The Elephant in the Room

The Artist of Disappearance

by Anita Desai


The Dreams of Westy

Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

by Lewis Sorley


The Master of Bigness

The career of architect Rem Koolhaas

OMA/Progress

an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, October 6, 2011–February 19, 2012

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks...

by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist, edited by Kayoko Ota and James Westcott


Radical, Pure, Roger Williams

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

by John M. Barry


Armenia Survives!

‘The Caucasus’ by Thomas de Waal

The Caucasus: An Introduction

by Thomas de Waal


One of America’s Best

The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs

by Ambrose Bierce, edited by S.T. Joshi


Ariel or Caliban?

The Meagre Tarmac

by Clark Blaise


Obsessed with Scapegoats and Outcasts

The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation

by Robert Bagg and James Scully

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles, translated from the Greek with an introduction and notes by David Mulroy

An Introduction to Greek Tragedy

by Ruth Scodel

Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens

by David Kawalko Roselli


The King of Charisma

Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life

by Alastair Brotchie


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