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Trump’s Travel Bans—Look Beyond the Text

The travel ban was clearly meant to make good on Trump’s campaign pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering the US.

The Virtuoso of Compassion

Italy in the 17th century was a magnet for ambitious artists. Why was Caravaggio’s influence so overwhelming?

Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 7, 2016–January 22, 2017; and the Musée du Louvre, Paris, February 20–May 22, 2017

Beyond Caravaggio

an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, October 12, 2016–January 15, 2017; the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, February 11–May 14, 2017; and the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, June 17–September 24, 2017

The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today

by Terence Ward

The Seven Acts of Mercy

a play by Anders Lustgarten, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, November 24, 2016–February 10, 2017


Can China Replace the West?

Gideon Rachman’s ‘Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond’

Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond

by Gideon Rachman


The Confidence Man of American Art

Robert Rauschenberg was a showman, a trickster, a shaman, and a charmer.

Robert Rauschenberg

an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, December 1, 2016–April 2, 2017; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, May 21, 2017–September 17, 2017; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, November 4, 2017–March 25, 2018


Dover and Out

How did Theresa May end up pushing for such a hard-core version of Leave?

A Swedish Collector in Paris

Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin

an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, February 3–May 14, 2017


The Illusion of Utter Transparency

Elizabeth Bishop at Work

by Eleanor Cook

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

by Megan Marshall


The ‘Indescribable Fragrance’ of Youths

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings (1600–1868)

an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, May 7–November 27, 2016; and the Japan Society, New York City, March 10–June 11, 2017


Robert B. Silvers (1929–2017)

Nineteen writers remember The New York Review’s editor.

Shadows & Ghosts

The Schooldays of Jesus

by J.M. Coetzee


A Buffet of French History

‘Histoire mondiale de la France,’ edited by Patrick Boucheron

Histoire mondiale de la France [Global History of France]

edited by Patrick Boucheron


Looking for ‘Life Itself’

Exhibitionist: Writing About Art in a Daily Newspaper

by Richard Dorment


‘Just Make Sure You Don’t Forget’

A Mother’s Tale

by Phillip Lopate


At the Center of a Roiling World

The Crucible of Islam

by G.W. Bowersock

The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia

by Judith S. McKenzie and Francis Watson

The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt

edited by Elizabeth S. Bolman


Does Betrayal Still Matter?

On Betrayal

by Avishai Margalit


Slaves in the White House

Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves

by Marie Jenkins Schwartz


The Wild Child of Russian Literature

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia

by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, translated from the Russian and with an introduction by Anna Summers


The Painter and the Novelist

On the Bloomsbury painter Vanessa Bell and her younger sister, Virginia Woolf

Vanessa Bell (1879–1961)

an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, February 8–June 4, 2017

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, January 28–April 23, 2017

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Catalog of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, by Frances Spalding

Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel

by Priya Parmar

Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read

by Barbara Lounsberry

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