A Very Wretched Relationship

Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

by Jeffrey Frank

Surrealism Made Fresh

Rediscovering a movement that was romantic and revolutionary in its goals

Drawing Surrealism

an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 21, 2012–January 6, 2013; and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, January 25–April 21, 2013

What Rules Should Govern US Drone Attacks?

Any program that kills on the basis of secret intelligence risks abuse. We need clear limits in the law.

Proust the Passionate Reader

Monsieur Proust’s Library

by Anka Muhlstein

Afghanistan: The Way to Peace

Afghanistan from the Cold War Through the War on Terror

by Barnett R. Rubin

Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion

edited by Peter Bergen with Katherine Tiedemann

Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973–2012

by Vahid Brown and Don Rassler

Beethoven and the Quality of Courage

A composer unafraid of going to the edge of the precipice

The Sensual Vision of Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer

by Philip Jodidio

Architecture of Brazil, 1900–1990

by Hugo Segawa

Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925–1970

an exhibition at the Cooper Union, New York City, January 29–March 16, 2013

Will the Chinese Be Supreme?

Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance

by Arvind Subramanian

The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy

by Edward N. Luttwak

Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750

by Odd Arne Westad

He Shut Out the Horrors

P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters

edited by Sophie Ratcliffe

The Hallucinators Among Us


by Oliver Sacks

From Brecht to Broadway

Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

by Ethan Mordden

An Inventory of Inhumanity

Middle C

by William H. Gass

The Nightmare of the West Memphis Three

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

three films directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

West of Memphis

a film directed by Amy Berg

Life After Death

by Damien Echols

Hollywood’s ‘Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year’


a series of sixty-six films released in 1933, at Film Forum, New York City, February 8–March 7, 2013

America: ‘Into the Heart of Darkness’

The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675

by Bernard Bailyn

Most of Us Are Biased, After All

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

An A from Nabokov

He said his only rule was that we could not leave his lecture, even to use the bathroom, without a doctor’s note.

One of a Kind in Cumbria

The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine—Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary

by Jenny Uglow

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