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The Uncompromising Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei’s memoir is a father-and-son story of devotion to free expression and resistance to state pressure.

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

by Ai Weiwei, translated from the Chinese by Allan H. Barr


New England Ecstasies

The transcendentalists thought all human inspiration was divine, all nature a miracle.

The Transcendentalists and Their World

by Robert A. Gross


The Secrets of Others

In Parallel Mothers, Pedro Almodóvar goes beyond his familiar themes of sex and motherhood and into new territory: the legacy of the Spanish Civil War.

Parallel Mothers

a film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar


The Freedom of Historical Fiction

The Formalist literary critic Yuri Tynianov wrote historical novels as “experiments in scholarly fantasy.”

Permanent Evolution: Selected Essays on Literature, Theory and Film

by Yuri Tynianov, translated from the Russian and edited by Ainsley Morse and Philip Redko, with an introduction by Daria Khitrova

Lieutenant Kizhe

by Yury Tynianov, translated from the Russian by Nicolas Pasternak Slater and with illustrations by Olga Smart

Küchlya: Decembrist Poet

by Yury Tynianov, translated from the Russian by Anna Kurkina Rush, Peter France, and Christopher Rush

The Death of Vazir-Mukhtar

by Yury Tynyanov, translated from the Russian by Anna Kurkina Rush and Christopher Rush

Young Pushkin

by Yury Tynyanov, translated from the Russian by Anna Kurkina Rush and Christopher Rush


Dynamism, Domesticated

The effervescent linocuts of Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power from the interwar years transformed the Futurist fascination with speed, rendering common pleasures in a way that would not be seen again until Pop Art.

Sibyl and Cyril: Cutting Through Time

by Jenny Uglow

Modern Times: British Prints, 1913–1939

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 1, 2021–January 9, 2022


Covid’s Economic Mutations

The argument of Adam Tooze and Bruno Maçães’s recent books, that the pandemic was best handled by societies with top-down social control, hasn’t aged well.

Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy

by Adam Tooze

Geopolitics for the End Time: From the Pandemic to the Climate Crisis

by Bruno Maçães


‘I Have Quite Lost My Heart’

Some of Virginia Woolf’s best, deepest letters are those written to Vita Sackville-West in the period of their greatest intimacy.

Love Letters: Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

with an introduction by Alison Bechdel


Partial Reports

Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, Gilles Peress’s collection of photographs from the Troubles, presents an overwhelming narrative of Republican heroics.

Whatever You Say, Say Nothing

by Gilles Peress, with texts by Chris Klatell


L’Esprit de l’Escalier

Heimito von Doderer’s midcentury novel The Strudlhof Steps restores Vienna to a brighter era, when, for most of the privileged, suffering entailed no more than ordinary heartbreak.

The Strudlhof Steps, or, Melzer and the Depth of the Years

by Heimito von Doderer, translated from the German by Vincent Kling and with an afterword by Daniel Kehlmann


The End of the Terror

Colin Jones gives an hour-by-hour account of the Ninth of Thermidor, a day that marked a turning point in the French Revolution.

The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris

by Colin Jones


What We Owe Our Fellow Animals

Can we develop a theory of justice that encompasses nonhuman animals?

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

by Frans de Waal

Dolphin Communication and Cognition: Past, Present, and Future

edited by Denise L. Herzing and Christine M. Johnson

Deep Thinkers: Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

edited by Janet Mann

Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

by Carl Safina

The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

by Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell


‘The Spoils of a Savage War’

David Diop turns what little is known about African soldiers’ involvement in World War I into a potent testimony on violence and guilt.

At Night All Blood Is Black

by David Diop, translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis

White War, Black Soldiers: Two African Accounts of World War I

by Bakary Diallo and Lamine Senghor, translated from the French by Nancy Erber and William Peniston, edited and with an introduction and annotations by George Robb


Politicians in Robes

Why does Stephen Breyer continue to insist that the Supreme Court is apolitical?

The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics

by Stephen Breyer

Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court

by Linda Greenhouse

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