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Bang for the Buck

The American love affair with guns

Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry

by Patrick J. Charles

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West

by James Pogue


Desolation Row

Lorca was interested in simple freedoms in a period in Spain when nothing was simple

Poet in Spain

by Federico García Lorca, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Arvio


Raised by Wolves

Humans and dogs have been companions for at least 30,000 years

The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved

by Raymond Pierotti and Brandy R. Fogg

What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

by Gregory Berns

How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution

by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut


The Bishop’s Elders of Israel

Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle

an exhibition at the Meadows Museum, Dallas, September 17, 2017–January 7, 2018; and the Frick Collection, New York City, January 31–April 22, 2018


‘For Fighting We Were Born’

Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts

by Daniel Siemens


End Notes

Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade

by Simon P. Keefe


Off With Their Heads

Political Violence in Ancient India

by Upinder Singh


Beware the Big Five

‘The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace’ by Alexander Klimburg

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

by Alexander Klimburg


As If!

Kwame Anthony Appiah’s ‘As If: Idealization and Ideals’

As If: Idealization and Ideals

by Kwame Anthony Appiah


‘Our Father, the President’

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

by Colin G. Calloway


We Fucked It Up

Future Home of the Living God

by Louise Erdrich


‘Being Charlie’

If sex had a defining feature in the 1990s, it was ubiquity

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido

by David Friend


Life on the Verge

Cuba on the Verge: Twelve Writers on Continuity and Change in Havana and Across the Country

edited by Leila Guerriero


An Irishman in America

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty

by Sebastian Barry

Annie Dunne

by Sebastian Barry

A Long Long Way

by Sebastian Barry

The Secret Scripture

by Sebastian Barry

On Canaan’s Side

by Sebastian Barry

The Temporary Gentleman

by Sebastian Barry

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Homo Orbánicus

‘Orbán: Hungary’s Strongman’ by Paul Lendvai

Orbán: Hungary’s Strongman

by Paul Lendvai


Knifed with a Smile

Paolo Macchiarini was a celebrity surgeon. But soon there were murmurs about his methods.

The Experiments

a three-part documentary film series directed by Bosse Lindquist


Peter and His Kind

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

an exhibition at the Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona, January 27–April 30, 2017; Fotomuseum The Hague, June 17–October 15, 2017; the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, January 26–May 20, 2018; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, July 11–October 7, 2018


The Popular Connoisseur

‘Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”’ by James Stourton

Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”

by James Stourton

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