Truth, Beauty, and Oliver Sacks

‘Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales’ by Oliver Sacks

Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

by Oliver Sacks

Growing Up in Hell


a film directed by Nadine Labaki

The Fog of Ambition

‘Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century’ by George Packer

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

by George Packer

A New Kind of Heroine

L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated “Female Byron”

by Lucasta Miller

A Reporting Life in Latin America

I’ve spent a good portion of the last 25 years talking to the rapists, thieves, killers, and drug traffickers of the world I come from, trying to understand.

Nasty, Brutish, and Great

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Andrew Roberts

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

edited by David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov

‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’

The fiction of Daša Drndić


by Daša Drndić, translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth


by Daša Drndić, translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth

Cities That Touched Heaven

The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 18–June 23, 2019

The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity Through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE–642 CE

by Matthew P. Canepa

The Last Pagan Emperor: Julian the Apostate and the War Against Christianity

by H.C. Teitler

The Apostle of Now-ness

Studio 105, Paris 1967

an album by the Don Cherry Trio

Home Boy, Sister Out

an album by Don Cherry

Brown Rice

an album by Don Cherry

The Codona Trilogy

an album by Don Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, and Collin Walcott

The Lure of Western Europe

‘The Global Age: Europe 1950–2017’ by Ian Kershaw

The Global Age: Europe 1950–2017

by Ian Kershaw

Wild, Blooming Facts

Manny Farber: Paintings and Writings

edited by Michael Almereyda, Jonathan Lethem, and Robert Polito

One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art

an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019

Blundering into War

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age

by Stephen R. Platt

True Mirages

‘Orange World and Other Stories’ by Karen Russell

Orange World and Other Stories

by Karen Russell

How Proslavery Was the Constitution?

Sean Wilentz’s ‘No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding’

No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding

by Sean Wilentz

Painting the Cosmic Ocean

“Mountain fortresses suddenly blossomed with artists, many of whom had been trained in the now-defunct Mughal ateliers, each family of painters competing with and inspiring one another in a manner comparable to the rival city-states of Renaissance Italy.”

Manaku of Guler: The Life and Work of Another Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State

by B.N. Goswamy

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 4–August 19, 2018; the Seattle Art Museum, October 18, 2018–January 21, 2019; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, March 9–September 2, 2019

Atrocities America Forgot

Storia vera e terribile tra Sicilia e America [A True and Terrible Affair Between Sicily and America]

by Enrico Deaglio

Democracy and Its Discontents

Four books on the slide toward illiberalism

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

by Yascha Mounk

How Democracies Die

by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

by Timothy Snyder

How Democracy Ends

by David Runciman

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