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What Pevear and Volokhonsky do to Tolstoy

Why Trump Was Inevitable

He was already very close to being the inevitable nominee in January 2016

Mixing It Up

Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

a musical written and directed by George C. Wolfe, with songs by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, at the Music Box Theatre, New York City, opened on April 28, 2016


The Glory of Pergamon in New York

A new exhibition provides a wide-ranging exploration of the art and culture of the so-called Hellenistic world

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, April 18–July 17, 2016


How to Understand ISIS

‘The New Arab Wars’ by Marc Lynch and ‘ISIS: A History’ by Fawaz Gerges

The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East

by Marc Lynch

ISIS: A History

by Fawaz A. Gerges


The Kids Against Mum

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine


We Buried the Disgraceful Truth

Two books measure the human costs of more than a decade of continuous war

Consequence: A Memoir

by Eric Fair

The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

by J. Kael Weston


In the Depths of the Digital Age

Six books look at the newly public world in which practically everyone’s lives are accessible and offered for display

Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism

by Judy Wajcman

Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age

by Bernard E. Harcourt

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

by Virginia Heffernan

Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media

by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Mood and Mobility: Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks

by Richard Coyne

Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up

by Philip N. Howard

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Mme de Staël and the Mystery of the Public Will

Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait

by Biancamaria Fontana


The Troubling Genius of Delmore

Once and for All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz

edited by Craig Morgan Teicher and with an introduction by John Ashbery


He Tried to Be a Badger

To appreciate what it’s like to be an otter, try catching fish in your mouth

Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide

by Charles Foster

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

by Frans de Waal

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

by Jonathan Balcombe


Transforming Our View of the Law

Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

by David Cole


‘An Adorable Bookling’

Looking at Pictures

by Robert Walser, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky, with additional translations by Lydia Davis and Christopher Middleton


Living Dangerously with Donizetti

The challenges of ‘Roberto Devereux’

Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux

three operas by Gaetano Donizetti, directed by David McVicar, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 2015–2016 season


Revealing the Total Jefferson

“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf


Russia: A Big Part in the Big Change

Alexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia from Communism

by Richard Pipes


How Greek Drama Saved the City

For the Athenians, tragedy was just as much about “the city” as it was about the individual

Songs Beyond Mankind

Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry

by Paul Celan, translated from the German and with commentary by Pierre Joris


Look Up and See!

More different kinds of birds nest in New York City now than did 50 years ago

Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City

by Leslie Day, with illustrations by Trudy Smoke, photographs by Beth Bergman, and a foreword by Don Riepe


Groping Toward the Mind

Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind

by George Makari

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

by A.C. Grayling


The Spooky Side of World War II

The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939–1945

by Max Hastings


They Won’t Rest in Peace

The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

by Thomas W. Laqueur

Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide

by Marzio Barbagli, translated from the Italian by Lucinda Byatt


An Elegy for the Living

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

by Ronald Blythe, with an introduction by Matt Weiland


Portugal’s Empire: Ruthless and Intermingling

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

by Roger Crowley

The Global City: On the Streets of Renaissance Lisbon

edited by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend and K.J.P. Lowe

Kongo: Power and Majesty

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 18, 2015–January 3, 2016


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