The thing no one ever tells you about joy is that it has very little real pleasure in it.

How Close to Lincoln?


a film directed by Steven Spielberg

Occupy the Rockaways!

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

How He Got It Right

Nate Silver’s ‘The Signal and the Noise’

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t

by Nate Silver

The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

by James Owen Weatherall

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Gentle Genius

Late Raphael

an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, June 12–September 16, 2012, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris, October 8, 2012–January 14, 2013

Blown Away by Alice Munro

Dear Life

by Alice Munro

Getting Nearer and Nearer

Same-sex marriage on trial

From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage

by Michael J. Klarman

Birds: The Inner Life

Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

by Tim Birkhead

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

by Julie Zickefoose

The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds

by Daniel Lewis

John James Audubon’s Journal of 1826: The Voyage to The Birds of America

edited and with an introduction by Daniel Patterson

Bill Styron: The Ups and Downs

Selected Letters of William Styron

edited by Rose Styron with R. Blakeslee Gilpin

Obsessions in Tokyo

Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013

Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1962–1984

a film series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, December 6, 2012–February 10, 2013

Will Saudi Arabia Ever Change?

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future

by Karen Elliott House

Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally

by Thomas W. Lippman

Politics and Society in Saudi Arabia: The Crucial Years of Development, 1960–1982

by Sarah Yizraeli

Study the Panther!

Rilke’s ‘Letters to a Young Poet’

Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the German and with an introduction by Mark Harman

The Star Attraction


by Robert M. Utley

Finding a Very Secret Self

New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

by Colm Tóibín

The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín

Poland: Malice, Death, Survival

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War

by Halik Kochanski

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956

by Anne Applebaum

In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe

by Adam Michnik, translated from the Polish by Roman S. Czarny

Shameless and All-Forgiving Joe

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

edited by Ron Padgett, with an introduction by Paul Auster

How China Gets Its Way

China’s Search for Security

by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell

Can Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

by Christof Koch

South Africa: Life with Father

Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider

by Zakes Mda

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