The Rules of the Game: A New Electoral System

The simplest voting reform would be to replace plurality rule with majority rule in state primaries.

Cool, Sublime, Idealistic Diebenkorn


an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, October 23, 2016–January 29, 2017; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, March 11–May 29, 2017

Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné

edited by Jane Livingston and Andrea Liguori

Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed

edited by the Cantor Arts Center

Take Me to Bellevue

Though sometimes maligned as New York’s own bedlam, the centuries-old public hospital has never turned away a patient—and is itself a great survivor.

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital

by David Oshinsky

When the Chinese Were Unspeakable

‘The Killing Wind: A Chinese County’s Descent into Madness During the Cultural Revolution’ by Tan Hecheng

The Killing Wind: A Chinese County’s Descent into Madness During the Cultural Revolution

by Tan Hecheng, translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian

Is Europe Disintegrating?

Did the post-wall era end, sometime between the high point of 2005 and the low of today?

Europe Since 1989: A History

by Philipp Ther, translated from the German by Charlotte Hughes-Kreutzmüller

The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Europe Entrapped

by Claus Offe

The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs

by Hans-Werner Sinn

Der Euro: Von der Friedensidee zum Zankapfel

by Hans-Werner Sinn

La fin du rêve européen

by François Heisbourg

What Is Populism?

by Jan-Werner Müller

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When They Came from Another World

What if the future is as real as the past?


a film directed by Denis Villeneuve

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang

Afghanistan: Obama’s Sad Legacy

A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster

by Joshua Partlow

The Caliphate: From Grand to Sordid

Caliphate: The History of an Idea

by Hugh Kennedy

Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea

by Shiraz Maher

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

by Brian H. Fishman

The Genius of Blackness

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, April 23–September 25, 2016; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, March 12–July 2, 2017

Emily: The Quiet Earthquake

Emily Dickinson’s Poems As She Preserved Them

edited by Cristanne Miller

A Quiet Passion

a film directed by Terence Davies


by William Nicholson

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century

by Jerome Charyn

‘There Is Only One Beethoven’

Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets

by Edward Dusinberre

The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics

Despite its great successes, arguments continue about its meaning and its future.

The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame

On the origins of racial exclusion in the society that would become the United States of America.

The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution

by Robert Parkinson

The Swedish Kings of Cyberwar

Sweden’s growing importance to the NSA

A Great Writer We Should Know

Antonio Di Benedetto’s ‘Zama’


by Antonio Di Benedetto, translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen

How Bad Was Tony Blair?

Assessing the former prime minister’s record

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