“Sara Berman’s Closet” is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through September 5.
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America On Two Wheels
You & a Bike & a Road is a lovely, slow book about going a journey—not an epic, world-dominating circumnavigation, but something quieter and more intimate.
July 3, 2017
A Man Alone in a Comic Book
Guy Delisle’s new book, Hostage, is his best since Pyongyang. It breaks his recent formula, and in doing so beautifully demonstrates the aptitude of comics for representing time and subjective experience.
May 1, 2017
At Home with the Irrational
Over four decades and many books of drawings, “Colonel” Glen Baxter has built a world and language all his own.
August 27, 2016
A Sketched Guide to Michelangelo
The Michelangelo show at the Met is a conundrum. On the one hand, the work is for the most part so private. On the other hand, the show is a blockbuster, full to the brim with the kinds of people who go to big name museum shows.
February 24, 2018
The Magic of Iris Murdoch
Look—I know it’s corny to have a favorite writer, but I realized recently that in my case there’s just no denying it. And this month would have been Irish Murdoch’s 100th birthday.
July 15, 2019
Mark Twain’s ‘Advice to Little Girls’
If at any time you find it necessary to correct your brother, do not correct him with mud—never, on any account, throw mud at him, because it will spoil his clothes. It is better to scald him a little, for then you obtain desired results. If your mother tells you…
July 15, 2011
Hamlet, My Prince of Pigs
You’ll see that Hamlet: Prince of Pigs has been stripped of all fat. And tragedy minus many words is comedy. A pared-down Hamlet is a funny Hamlet. Here are a few scenes from my tragicomic.
February 25, 2018
A Magician in Pigment
Titian was a painter of astonishing versatility, a master of landscape, of portraiture, of sacred painting, historical painting, mythology, a magician who could turn a dab of pigment into a flame, a pleat, a thunderbolt, a twinkle in the eye, a Cupid’s wing.
November 8, 2013