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The Designated Mourner

Joe Biden is the most gothic figure in American politics. He is haunted by death, not just by the private tragedies his family has endured, but by a larger and more public sense of loss.

Love in Plague Time

‘To Calais, in Ordinary Time’ by James Meek and ‘The Corner That Held Them’ by Sylvia Townsend Warner

To Calais, in Ordinary Time

by James Meek

The Corner That Held Them

by Sylvia Townsend Warner


Is Trump Above the Law?

If the Senate does not remove Trump, what will that mean for his presidency, and for impeachment itself?

The Great Amalgamator

Rachel Harrison’s starting point is a feeling of disconnectedness, estrangement, and simmering revolt fed by a finely cultivated disgust.

Rachel Harrison Life Hack

an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020


It Had to Be Her

Like the stories of most notorious women, Alma Mahler’s is one of sex and power. She had a liking and a talent for both.

Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler

by Cate Haste


Lebanon’s Infernal Circle

Beirut Hellfire Society

by Rawi Hage

Cockroach

by Rawi Hage

De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage


My Land, Your Land

Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West

by John Taliaferro

Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America's Public Lands

by John Clayton


The Secret Files of the Soviet Union

Judgment in Moscow: Soviet Crimes and Western Complicity

by Vladimir Bukovsky, translated from the Russian by Alyona Kojevnikov


‘A Doubtful Freedom’

Andrew Delbanco’s ‘The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War’

The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

by Andrew Delbanco


The Imperfect Telescope

The Organs of Sense

by Adam Ehrlich Sachs


Made in Mexico

In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury

an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 6, 2019–January 12, 2020


Mothers and Emperors

Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome

by Guy de la Bédoyère


ISIS After Baghdadi

Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad

by Daniel Byman

Targeting Top Terrorists: Understanding Leadership Removal in Counterterrorism Strategy

by Bryan C. Price

The London Bombings

by Marc Sageman


The Power of Morphological Thinking

Zwicky: The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe

by John Johnson Jr.


The Man Who Was France

De Gaulle

by Julian Jackson


The Story of the Story of the Story

The Storyteller Essays

by Walter Benjamin, edited and with an introduction by Samuel Titan and translated from the German by Tess Lewis


Blood and Brexit

Every evil act I’ve ever seen committed was done in the name of identity.

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