How the odds-makers’ favorite for next president thinks about the world and our place in it

Hard Choices

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Stop the Misuse of Philanthropy!

Operating charities can put to good use the huge sums now stagnating in banks or Donor-Advised Funds.

The Cult of Jeff Koons

A high-end purveyor of the literal and the obvious

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, June 27–October 19, 2014; the Centre Pompidou, Paris, November 26, 2014–April 27, 2015; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, June 5–September 27, 2015

Failure in Gaza

The war in Gaza is not about tunnels and rockets. It is a war over the status quo.

Deep into Green

The history and meaning of a color

Green: The History of a Color

by Michel Pastoureau, translated from the French by Jody Gladding

Iraq: The Outlaw State

Constant and fearsome violence has added hugely to Iraq’s woes.

Frankenstein fi Baghdad [Frankenstein in Baghdad]

by Ahmed Saadawi

The Corpse Washer

by Sinan Antoon, translated from the Arabic by the author

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

by Zaid al-Ali

The Gardens of Their Dreams

Wishful thinking is entwined with gardening. We plant, we dream, we fantasize about flowers, and we see behind them the people who once gave them to us or first showed us their beauty. Reality then intervenes.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them

an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, May 17–September 7, 2014

The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome

by Annette Giesecke

Pleasures of the Garden: A Literary Anthology

edited by Christina Hardyment

The Gardens of the British Working Class

by Margaret Willes

The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World’s Greatest Botanical Explorers

by Carolyn Fry

The Golden Age of Botanical Art

by Martyn Rix

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‘Making Real What We Cannot See’

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’


a film directed by Richard Linklater

How Corrupt Are Our Politics?

Zephyr Teachout argues that corruption is the most pressing threat our democracy faces.

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

by Zephyr Teachout

Romantic & Scary

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

by Margaret Atwood

Who Was W.E.B. Du Bois?

Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity

by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Valhalla in Bloomsbury

Vikings: Life and Legend

an exhibition at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, June 22–November 17, 2013; the British Museum, London, March 6–June 22, 2014; and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 10, 2014–January 4, 2015

The Viking Ship

by Gareth Williams

The Age of the Vikings

by Anders Winroth

Arthur Miller Casts His Spell

The Crucible

a play by Arthur Miller, directed by Yaël Farber

The Chinese Invade Africa

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

by Howard W. French

China’s Congo Plan: What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World’s Poorest Nation

by Jacob Kushner

Why the Experts Missed the Recession

FOMC: Transcripts and Other Historical Materials, 2008

available at

“There Will Be Growth in the Spring”: How Well Do Economists Predict Turning Points?

by Hites Ahir and Prakash Loungani

Can the Fed Predict the State of the Economy?

by Tara M. Sinclair, Fred Joutz, and H.O. Stekler

House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again

by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi

Facts and Challenges from the Great Recession for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Modeling

by Serena Ng and Jonathan H. Wright

The Hedonist King Who Knew His Place

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

by Jane Ridley

Royal Cousins at War

a BBC documentary directed by Richard Sanders

‘In the Face of Our Ghastly Sexual Culture’

All the Rage

by A.L. Kennedy

The Blue Book

by A.L. Kennedy

Original Bliss

by A.L. Kennedy


by A.L. Kennedy

On Bullfighting

by A.L. Kennedy

Obama & the Coming Election

Will Republicans gain control of the Senate and keep their majority in the House?

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