Damage Bigly

Other presidents have aspired to become moral leaders; Trump has become America’s chief thug.

Zeus: The Apology

I came of agelessness just after heaven and earth were formed, when there weren’t many rules yet about behavior, since I’d hardly made any.

Between Nouveau and Deco

“Wiener Werkstätte, 1903–1932: The Luxury of Beauty” at the Neue Galerie

Wiener Werkstätte, 1903–1932: The Luxury of Beauty

an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, October 26, 2017–January 29, 2018

The Nuclear Worrier

Daniel Ellsberg’s ‘The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner’

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

by Daniel Ellsberg

Classical Cancan

Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture

by Laurence Senelick

The Real “Tales of Hoffmann”: Origin, History, and Restoration of an Operatic Masterpiece

by Vincent Giroud and Michael Kaye, with a foreword by Plácido Domingo

Les contes d’Hoffmann

an opera by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, September 26–October 28, 2017

This Land Is Our Land

Over the past two decades, most of the land used for Jewish settlements in the West Bank has been acquired on the grounds that it belongs to the state.

Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror

by Gary Fields

A Star Is Born


a film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

Darkest Hour

a film directed by Joe Wright

Homeless in Gaza

In Gaza, it is among the young that the deepest despair often takes root.

Divine Lust

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Met

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 13, 2017–February 12, 2018

A Doggish Translation

The Poems of Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, and The Shield of Herakles

translated from the Greek by Barry B. Powell

Murderous Majorities

The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya is a particularly vicious chapter in a long history of majoritarian nationalism in South Asia.

The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide

by Azeem Ibrahim, with a foreword by Muhammad Yunus

Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim–Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging

edited by Melissa Crouch

The Decisive Moment


by Joan Silber

The Unmentionable Season of Death

The War Within: Diaries from the Siege of Leningrad

by Alexis Peri

Leningrad 1941–1942: Morality in a City Under Siege

by Sergey Yarov, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait

Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster

by Polina Barskova

Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad

edited and with an introduction by Polina Barskova, translated from the Russian by Anand Dibble and seven others

An Anglo-Irish Cicero

Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke

by Richard Bourke

Backing Into the Spotlight

Keeping On Keeping On

by Alan Bennett

Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London’s National Theatre

by Nicholas Hytner

Bitcoin Mania

‘Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World’ by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

Attack of the Fifty Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts

by David Gerard

Playing It Cool

Alex Katz

an exhibition at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York City, November 5–December 22, 2017

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