On Mark Strand (1934–2014)

Mark Strand was a gentle poet; his opening lines invite you in until you gradually realize how many fathoms are there underneath, how far you are from any shore.

In Ferguson

For so many, Michael Brown’s death was the last straw

A Great Master at the Met

Pieter Coecke van Aelst, a Renaissance man of a new kind

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 8, 2014–January 11, 2015

Where’s Brando?

Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

by Susan L. Mizruchi

A Better Way Out

Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

‘Why the Innocent Plead Guilty’: An Exchange

Can we reform our criminal justice system to eliminate unfairly coerced guilty pleas?

Who Is Not Guilty of This Vice?

Is it jealousy that makes the world go round?


by Peter Toohey

Thank You for This Moment: A Story of Love, Power, and Betrayal

by Valérie Trierweiler, translated from the French by Clémence Sebag

Must Counterterrorism Cancel Democracy?

Secrecy has costs—not just to human rights but to democracy itself

Two Eerie Experiences in New York

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

an opera by Dmitri Shostakovich, directed by Graham Vick

Tamburlaine the Great, Parts I and II

play by Christopher Marlowe, edited and directed by Michael Boyd

How the Murdoch Gang Got Away

Nick Davies’s ‘Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch’

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch

by Nick Davies

A Very Quiet Triumph

Nora Webster

by Colm Tóibín

Frank Gehry in Paris

Frank Gehry

an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 8, 2014–January 26, 2015, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 13, 2015–January 3, 2016

Frank Gehry

an exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, October 20, 2014–March 16, 2015

Frank Gehry: The Fondation Louis Vuitton

edited by Frédéric Migayrou

The Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry: A Building for the Twenty-First Century

edited by Anne-Line Roccati

Fondation Louis Vuitton/Frank Gehry

by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

‘What’s the Matter with Economics?’: An Exchange

The assumptions of mainstream economists and their influence on policy

The Naughty Pleasures of Boccaccio

The Decameron

by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated from the Italian and with an introduction by Wayne A. Rebhorn

How Envy of Jews Lay Behind It

Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust

by Götz Aly, translated from the German by Jefferson Chase

Very Evil Guys in Africa

The Laughing Monsters

by Denis Johnson

At the Heart of Hinduism


by Roberto Calasso, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon

The Floral Kingdom in the Bronx

Botanical gardens, like film stars, have survived by reinventing themselves.

Flora Illustrata: A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks

an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, November 15, 2014–February 22, 2015

Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden

edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers

‘Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?’: An Exchange

On ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’

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