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The New Hillary Library?

Democratization of access to culture should be a high priority for the new president.

Fantasies of the Library

edited by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turbin


Growing Up Arab

The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978–1984

by Riad Sattouf, translated from the French by Sam Taylor

The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984–1985

by Riad Sattouf, translated from the French by Sam Taylor


They’ve Got You, Wherever You Are

The relentless expansion of the most powerful attention-capture machine ever built

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

by Tim Wu

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

by Antonio García Martínez


A Masterpiece from the Muck

On the Edge

by Rafael Chirbes, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa, with an afterword by Valerie Miles


The Growing Charm of Dada

Dada was freewheeling and steeped in ambiguity. It was everything as well as nothing.

Dadaglobe Reconstructed

an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich, February 5–May 1, 2016; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, June 12–September 18, 2016

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction

an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich, June 3–September 25, 2016; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, November 21, 2016–March 19, 2017

Dada Universal

an exhibition at the National Museum Zurich, February 5–March 28, 2016

Kurt Schwitters: Merz

an exhibition at the Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, June 12–September 30, 2016

Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Other

an exhibition at the Museum Rietberg Zürich, March 18–July 17, 2016; and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, August 5–November 7, 2016

Genesis Dada: 100 Years of Dada Zurich

an exhibition at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany, February 14–July 10, 2016

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How Voting Rights Are Being Rigged

Two recent books tackle race and partisan politics in the shaping of our democracy

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

by Ari Berman

The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy

by Zachary Roth


Dante: He Went Mad in His Hell

Dante: The Story of His Life

by Marco Santagata, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon


Panama: The Hidden Trillions

A message pinged onto a reporter’s laptop: “Hello. This is John doe. Interested in data? I’m happy to share.”

The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money

by Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

by Nicholas Shaxson

The Offshore World: Sovereign Markets, Virtual Places, and Nomad Millionaires

by Ronen Palan

The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens

by Gabriel Zucman, translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan, with a foreword by Thomas Piketty

The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business

by Richard Brooks


The Bible and the Perils of ‘Evolution’

The Good Book of Human Nature: An Evolutionary Reading of the Bible

by Carel van Schaik and Kai Michel

The Mediterranean World: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Napoleon

by Monique O’Connell and Eric R. Dursteler

Gottes Körper: Jüdische, christliche und pagane Gottesvorstellungen in der Antike [God’s Body: Jewish, Christian, and Pagan Conceptions of God in Antiquity]

by Christoph Markschies


Philip Marlowe’s Revolution

Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality

by Fredric Jameson


John Cage’s Gift to Us

He opened doors—floodgates, really—and dissolved definitions

The Selected Letters of John Cage

edited by Laura Kuhn


What Chance for Democracy in the Middle East?

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy

by Jean-Pierre Filiu

Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story

by Thanassis Cambanis

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

by Robert F. Worth


Shirley Jackson in Love & Death

Her fiction exerts a mordant, hypnotic spell

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

by Ruth Franklin

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: A Graphic Adaptation

by Miles Hyman

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

by Shirley Jackson, edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt, with a foreword by Ruth Franklin


The First Blood Libel Against the Jews

The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe

by E.M. Rose


The Greatest Enigma of French Film

Out 1

a film directed by Jacques Rivette


Indonesia: The Saudis Are Coming

Nurturing the Salafi Manhaj: A Study of Salafi Pesantrens in Contemporary Indonesia

by Din Wahid

Transnational Islamic Actors and Indonesia’s Foreign Policy: Transcending the State

by Delphine Alles

Our Islam, the Islam of Nusantara

by Mohamad Guntur Romli


The Magic of the Oldest Pueblo

How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family

by Peter Nabokov

The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo

by Edward Proctor Hunt, with an introduction by Peter Nabokov, translated from the Keresan by Henry Wayne Wolf Robe Hunt and Wilbert Edward Blue Sky Eagle Hunt


The Cult of Saint Franz

Is that Kafka?: 99 Finds

by Reiner Stach, translated from the German by Kurt Beals


America’s Greatest Movement

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

by Manisha Sinha


The Sad Fate of Birobidzhan

Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region

by Masha Gessen


Akin to Conrad in Colombia

Lovers on All Saints’ Day

by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

Reputations

by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean


China: The Virtues of the Awful Convulsion

Every era interprets great historical events like the Cultural Revolution in its own way.

The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China

by Guobin Yang

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962–1976

by Frank Dikötter

Maoism at the Grassroots: Everyday Life in China’s Era of High Socialism

edited by Jeremy Brown and Matthew D. Johnson

“Bianyuanren” Jishi [A Record of “Marginal People”]

by Yang Kuisong

Secret Archives of the Cultural Revolution in Guangxi

edited by Yongyi Song et al


The Case of O.J. Simpson

Ezra Edelman’s ESPN documentary ‘O.J.: Made in America’

O.J.: Made in America

a five-part ESPN documentary directed by Ezra Edelman

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