The Twisting Nature of Love

Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’


a film directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Imperial Exceptionalism

It is hard to give up something you claim you never had. That is the difficulty Americans face with respect to their country’s empire.

Empire in Retreat: The Past, Present, and Future of the United States

by Victor Bulmer-Thomas

Republic in Peril: American Empire and the Liberal Tradition

by David C. Hendrickson

First Among Equals

“Vermeer prompts us to look at his handiwork. In the foreground, white and red paint—conjuring threads escaping from the woman’s sewing cushion—appears as if dribbled on the canvas.”

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

an exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, February 20–May 22, 2017; the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, June 17–September 17, 2017; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 22, 2017–January 21, 2018

The Disillusionist

The violent, emotionally tangled, lushly written work of Elsa Morante

Arturo’s Island

by Elsa Morante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

Island Hopping

Captain James Cook: The Journals

selected and edited by Philip Edwards

James Cook: The Voyages

by William Frame with Laura Walker

The Path of Greatest Resistance

We all need to turn away from our smartphones and screens and engage, together, in the work of democracy

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

by Zeynep Tufekci

How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t

by Leslie R. Crutchfield

The Otherworldliness of Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography

by Robert Irwin

Happiness on Demand?

The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor

by Lone Frank

Notes from Underground

The prison letters of Nelson Mandela

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

edited by Sahm Venter, with a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela

The Girl Behind Lolita

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World

by Sarah Weinman

Rust & Stardust

by T. Greenwood

Accentuate the Positive

Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress’

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

by Steven Pinker

‘Reeducating’ Xinjiang’s Muslims

A vast new gulag of “de-extremification training centers” has been created for Turkic Muslim inhabitants of Xinjiang

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