A film about imperfection in all its human glory


a documentary film directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

The Heroic Art of Agnes Martin

A painter who tried to make mystery a solid object

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

by Nancy Princenthal

Agnes Martin

an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, June 3–October 11, 2015; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, November 7, 2015–March 6, 2016; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, April 24–September 11, 2016; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York City, October 7, 2016–January 11, 2017

A Stark Nuclear Warning

‘My Journey at the Nuclear Brink’ by William J. Perry

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

by William J. Perry, with a foreword by George P. Shultz

A Very Singular Girl

The advice of Helen Gurley Brown

Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown

by Gerri Hirshey

Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman

by Brooke Hauser

Sex and the Single Girl

by Helen Gurley Brown

The Single Girl Goes to Town: A Knowing Guide to Men, Maneuvers, Jobs and Just Living for Big City Women

by Jean Baer

The Undermining of American Charity

How donor-advised funds deprive charitable organizations of the money they need

The Shock of the Little

Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse

an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London, December 13, 2014–September 6, 2015, and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2016–January 22, 2017

Money: The Brave New Uncertainty of Mervyn King

On ‘The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy’

The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy

by Mervyn King

Wallace Stevens: The Real and the Made-Up

The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens

by Paul Mariani

The Terror of Our Guns

Three books that seek to puncture aspects of the mythology that surrounds gun rights in America

The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture

by Pamela Haag

Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights

by Robert J. Spitzer

Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society

by Firmin DeBrabander

Blacks & Jews Entangled


by Fran Ross, with a foreword by Danzy Senna and an afterword by Harryette Mullen

The Great Rescue in Timbuktu

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

by Joshua Hammer

On the Track of Evil in Dublin

Even the Dead

by Benjamin Black

The Glow of Byzantium

Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond

edited by Cynthia Hahn and Holger A. Klein

Allegories of the Iliad

by John Tzetzes, translated from the Greek by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini

The Lost World of Byzantium

by Jonathan Harris

Imagining the Byzantine Past: The Perception of History in the Illustrated Manuscripts of Skylitzes and Manasses

by Elena N. Boeck

The Ultimate Oedipus at the Opera


an opera by George Enescu, directed by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, at the Royal Opera House, London, May 23–June 8, 2016

Can the Monster Be Elected?

All the fury we’re about to see—maybe it won’t matter at all

The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election

by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck

Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government

by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels

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