The Most Mysterious Subject

Levels of Life

by Julian Barnes

An American Romantic

Deborah Solomon’s ‘American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell’

American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

The Flop

The failed launch of


‘The Leonard Bernstein Letters’ edited by Nigel Simeone

The Leonard Bernstein Letters

edited by Nigel Simeone


Mike Tyson’s ‘Undisputed Truth’

Undisputed Truth

by Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman

Gazing at Love

Abdellatif Kechiche’s ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’

Blue Is the Warmest Color

a film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Learning a Lot About Isaiah Berlin

‘Building: Letters 1960–1975’ by Isaiah Berlin

Building: Letters 1960–1975

by Isaiah Berlin, edited by Henry Hardy and Mark Pottle

Rome: Sex & Freedom

Antiquity is always stranger than we think

From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity

by Kyle Harper

The Philandering Professor

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

by Robert Stone

The Genius of Creative Destruction

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

by Leo Damrosch

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift: Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works

edited by Valerie Rumbold

Here Be Monsters

Two new books about sea monsters place maps at the heart of scientific marine inquiry

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

by Chet Van Duzer

Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map

by Joseph Nigg

Witches and Wicked Bodies

an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, July 27–November 3, 2013; and the British Museum, London, September 2014–January 2015

Food Tips for Christmas

“Where the Weathermen blew up buildings and shot police officers, today’s radicals defy federal food laws, revel in unpasteurized milk, dine on fried grasshoppers, frog fallopian tubes, and Filipino balut.”

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

by Dana Goodyear

Mesmerized by Germany

Roads to Berlin: Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Germany

by Cees Nooteboom, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson, with photographs by Simone Sassen

The Myths of Christopher Isherwood

Liberation: Diaries, Volume Three: 1970–1983

by Christopher Isherwood, edited and with an introduction by Katherine Bucknell, and a preface by Edmund White

An Edge of Comedy Everywhere


a film directed by Alexander Payne

Philip Roth: ‘The Full Arc’?

Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Discovering Orson Welles

Too Much Johnson

a film directed by Orson Welles in 1938

My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

edited and with an introduction by Peter Biskind

Orson Welles in Italy

by Alberto Anile, translated from the Italian by Marcus Perryman

The Great & Singular Vallotton

Félix Vallotton: Le Feu sous la glace [Félix Vallotton: The Fire Under the Ice]

an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, October 2, 2013–January 20, 2014; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, February 14–June 1, 2014; and the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, June 14–September 23, 2014

Defiant, Exhilarating, and Poetic

On Poetry

by Glyn Maxwell

Rumsfeld’s War and Its Consequences Now

More than a dozen years later we still live in the world that George W. Bush’s “war on terror” made.

The Unknown Known

a film directed by Errol Morris

Known and Unknown: A Memoir

by Donald Rumsfeld

By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld

by Bradley Graham

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