Young Woman from the Provinces

Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work

Sontag: Her Life and Work

by Benjamin Moser

What Do We Want History to Do to Us?

For Kara Walker dread is an engine: it prompts us to remember and rightly fear the ruins we shouldn’t want to return to, and don’t wish to re-create—if we’re wise.

Fear and Loathing and the FBI

Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law

by James B. Stewart

Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI

by Josh Campbell

Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy

by Mike German

Becoming the Nightmare


an opera by Alban Berg, in a production by William Kentridge, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, December 27, 2019–January 22, 2020

The Devourer

Marie NDiaye is so intelligent, so composed, so good, that any description of her work feels like an understatement.

The Cheffe: A Cook’s Novel

by Marie NDiaye, translated from the French by Jordan Stump

Whatever He Wants

Republican senators are now quite openly behaving as courtiers. It is impertinent for courtiers even to go through the motions of putting the monarch on trial.

Waste Not, Shop Not

‘Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes’ by Dana Thomas

Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes

by Dana Thomas

Truly Terrible

Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish

by Charles J. Halperin

‘This Land Is Mine’

Palestine as Metaphor

by Mahmoud Darwish, translated from the Arabic by Amira El-Zein and Carolyn Forché

In the Presence of Absence

by Mahmoud Darwish, translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon

Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?

by Mahmoud Darwish, translated from the Arabic by Jeffrey Sacks

Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982

by Mahmoud Darwish, translated from the Arabic and with an introduction by Ibrahim Muhawi and with a foreword by Sinan Antoon

Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation

by Khaled Mattawa

Curiouser and Curiouser

Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 25, 2019–March 1, 2020

What Went Wrong in South Sudan

First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War But Lost the Peace

by Peter Martell

A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State

by Zach Vertin

‘There Was a Boston Once’

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630–1865

by Mark Peterson

Can Journalism Be Saved?

It’s going to take a whole new set of arrangements, and a new way of thinking, to solve the present crisis.

Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts

by Jill Abramson

The Powers That Be

by David Halberstam

Justice in Plain Sight: How a Small-Town Newspaper and Its Unlikely Lawyer Opened America’s Courtrooms

by Dan Bernstein

The Life of Kings: The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper

edited by Frederic B. Hill and Stephens Broening

The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century

by Dan Kennedy

Why Journalism Still Matters

by Michael Schudson

On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News

by Matthew Pressman

Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now

by Alan Rusbridger

No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class

by Christopher R. Martin

Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America

by Michael Stamm

Who Owns the News?: A History of Copyright

by Will Slauter

The News Untold: Community Journalism and the Failure to Confront Poverty in Appalachia

by Michael Clay Carey

Democracy Without Journalism?: Confronting the Misinformation Society

by Victor Pickard

Journalism Under Fire: Protecting the Future of Investigative Reporting

by Stephen Gillers

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