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Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court

Over the past few decades, ordinary US citizens have increasingly been denied effective access to their courts.

Turner: High Ambition for Deep Truth

Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

by Franny Moyle

J.M.W. Turner: A Life in Art, Vol. 1: Young Mr Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775–1815

by Eric Shanes


At Last, a Black History Museum

The Smithsonian’s new museum is a shift in collective memory and national self-knowing

Our Driverless Future

‘Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead’ by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman


The Long-Distance Reader

Avid Reader

by Robert Gottlieb


De Quincey: So Original, So Truly Weird

He transformed his own pathological tragedy into something rich and strange.

Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

by Frances Wilson


Can We Escape from Time?

‘Time Travel: A History’ by James Gleick

Time Travel: A History

by James Gleick


The Beautiful, Magical World of Rajput Art

Where lovers meet in dark forest groves, and princesses gaze over palace balconies

Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts—The Kronos Collections

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 14–September 12, 2016

Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: Two Decades of Collecting

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 15–December 4, 2016


A Strange Way to the Promised Land

Here I Am

by Jonathan Safran Foer


Beckett Plays Beckett

The Letters of Samuel Beckett Vol. IV: 1966–1989

edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, and Lois More Overbeck


Our 86 Billion Neurons: She Showed It

We evolved and learned a clever trick in our evolutionary past in order to find the time to feed our neuron-packed brains

The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

by Suzana Herculano-Houzel


Herzen: The Hero of Skeptical Idealism

The Discovery of Chance: The Life and Thought of Alexander Herzen

by Aileen M. Kelly


A Magician of Chinese Poetry

19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways)

by Eliot Weinberger, with an afterword by Octavio Paz

The Ghosts of Birds

by Eliot Weinberger


Seeing the Despair of Jihad

The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

by Lawrence Wright


The Battles Over Julia Ward Howe

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe

by Elaine Showalter


The Two Different Ways of Looking at Nazi Murder

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity”

by Philippe Sands

The Extermination of the European Jews

by Christian Gerlach


Oscar Wilde’s ‘Living Death’

Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison

an exhibition produced by Artangel at Reading Prison, Reading, England, September 4–December 4, 2016


The High Wire of Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau: A Life

by Claude Arnaud, translated from the French by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell


Indians, Slaves, and Mass Murder: The Hidden History

The discoverer of the New World soon became its first transatlantic human trafficker.

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

by Andrés Reséndez

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873

by Benjamin Madley

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