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Making Shakespeare Sing

On Verdi’s last two operas, Otello and Falstaff

Verdi: Creating “Otello” and “Falstaff”—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive

an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, September 6, 2019–January 5, 2020


The Drums of Cyberwar

All the critical infrastructure that undergirds much of our lives is at risk of being held hostage or decimated by hackers

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

by Andy Greenberg


The Master’s Master

Andrea del Verrocchio epitomizes what the Renaissance of art in Florence was all about.

Verrocchio, Il Maestro di Leonardo [Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo]

an exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, March 9–July 14, 2019

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 15, 2019–January 12, 2020

Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence

an exhibition at the Frick Collection, New York City, September 18, 2019–January 12, 2020


‘This Sense of Somebody-ness’

Colson Whitehead’s novel ‘The Nickel Boys’

The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead


What Were Dinosaurs For?

It has become impossible to think about extinction in the old ways, to regard the end-Cretaceous demise of some 80 percent of life on earth as a remote, alien fact.

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

by Steve Brusatte

Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology

by Michael J. Benton

The World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Tour

by Mark A. Norell

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy

by Paige Williams

Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle

by Lukas Rieppel


Meaning and Mayhem

People think the mafia is first and foremost violence, hit men, threats, extortion, and drug trafficking. But before all else, the mafia is language and symbols.

The Contagious Revolution

In 1791 enslaved people in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue—now called Haiti—staged the largest and most successful slave revolt in history.

The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution

by Julius S. Scott, with a foreword by Marcus Rediker

Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti

by Johnhenry Gonzalez


The Art of Losing

‘The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle’

The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle

edited by Saskia Hamilton

The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972–1973

by Robert Lowell, edited by Saskia Hamilton


What the Weather Is

Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

by Sarah Dry


In Plain Sight

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019

Le Modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse

an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, March 26–July 21, 2019; and the Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, September 13–December 29, 2019


Another Great Yesterday

Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff—A Western Tale of America in Crisis

by Anthony McCann

No Man’s Land

a PBS Independent Lens documentary film directed by David Byars


A Mess of Tiny Principalities

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country

by Simon Winder


Scheherazade in a Syrian Cell

In Praise of Hatred

by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

Death Is Hard Work

by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price


Souls in Single File

On Marius Petipa, the most productive and influential ballet choreographer of the late nineteenth century.

Marius Petipa: The Emperor’s Ballet Master

by Nadine Meisner


Getting Better All the Time?

The Evolution of Moral Progress: A Biocultural Theory

by Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell


Best Sellers by the Bargeload

The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age

by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen


No More Nice Dems

We live in a two-party system in which one party poses existential threats to our democracy and the habitability of the planet.

All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States

by Meaghan Winter

American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave

by Dana R. Fisher


Trump and the Meaning of Impeachment: My Testimony Before Congress

President Trump has committed impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors by corruptly abusing the office of the presidency.

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