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  • The Self Unmoored
    par Leslie Jamison le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    Susan Taubes’s novel Divorcing begins with the death of its main character. Sophie Blind wakes up in an apartment by the Hudson River, still groggy from a dream, or perhaps still dreaming, to find her lover bending over her, saying, “you’re dead Sophie.” Then she remembers: […]

  • A Dance to the Music of Death
    par Matthew Aucoin le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    The inhabitants of the planet Tlön, in Jorge Luis Borges’s story “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” have a radically different understanding of the universe than we Earthlings do: “For the people of Tlön,” Borges’s imaginary historian tells us, […]

  • Return of the Nameless Man
    par Rumaan Alam le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces,” says the narrator of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2015 novel, The Sympathizer, by way of introduction. He’s not talking to us. The book is a political prisoner’s mea culpa, addressed to his jailer, the Commandant, who is […]

  • Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians
    par Ursula Lindsey le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    The Egyptian Museum in Cairo moved into its peach-colored, arcaded neoclassical building in 1902. Its collections include the five-thousand-year-old Palette of Narmer—one of the earliest examples of hieroglyphics, commemorating the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt—a bust of the […]

  • Light in the Palazzo
    par Ingrid D. Rowland le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    In 1968 the Roman aristocrat Alessandro Torlonia, Prince of Fucino, applied for a permit to repair the roof of his family’s private museum, a nineteenth-century industrial building just outside the ancient Porta Settimiana in Trastevere that had been transformed by his great-grandfather, […]

  • When Slaves Fled to Mexico
    par David S. Reynolds le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    There has long been a fascination with the plight of enslaved Blacks who ran away from southern slaveholders in the decades before the Civil War. Powerful autobiographies by runaways such as Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs immerse us in their physical pain and […]

  • From The History of Photography (1993)
    par John Ashbery le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    I. First takers, first makers.The first sip of intelligencesplits the diapered sky, already crackledwith the losses that events are. At the old treehouse one is cloggedwith sleep in any case. Dust garlands that swaylike chains of mice. And up from underthe palaver there is golden food. So let it be […]

  • His Own Worst Enemy
    par John Banville le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    If ever an artist needed a degree of protection against his public, surely it is Vincent van Gogh. Reproductions of his most emblematic paintings, especially the gyrating nightscapes and the blazing series of sunflower studies made in his late years, adorn countless bedrooms, living rooms, and […]

  • Masterpieces Unmediated
    par Colin B. Bailey le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    In his diary for May 6, 1997, the English essayist and playwright Alan Bennett—a trustee of the National Gallery, London, and an enthusiast of old master paintings—left an unexpectedly dyspeptic account of a visit to the Frick Collection in New York (his first in over thirty-four […]

  • The Writer Apart
    par Mark Lilla le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    I want to say everything—that is the purpose of this book. —Thomas Mann,Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man On August 4, 1914, German troops invaded neutral Belgium, and by day’s end Britain and Germany were at war. Three days later, in an otherwise perfunctory letter to his brother […]

  • C.V.
    par Iman Mersal, Robyn Creswell le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    A ruthless catalog of sorrows: years in front of the screen, diplomas before jobs, and languages—all that torture—now ranged under Languages. Where are all the wasted days? The nights of walking with hands stretched out and the visions that crept over the walls? Where are the feelings […]

  • ‘I’ve Lost Everything to the Beast’
    par Rachel Nolan le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, is a Salvadoran street gang, but it was born in the US about forty years ago. Salvadorans had been coming to California since the early 1900s, a trickle of job-seekers from a tiny country that could fit into the state twenty times over. In 1979 the trickle […]

  • Children’s Lib!
    par Sarah Blackwood le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    In 1963 thirty-four-year-old Louise Fitzhugh was fresh off a successful exhibition of her paintings and drawings at an Upper East Side gallery when she suddenly declared her fine art career a catastrophe. She’d recently illustrated the children’s book Suzuki Beane, a charming Beatnik […]

  • See More, Think More
    par Jed Perl le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    Objectivity is a conundrum. At least it is in the humanities. Different people define it differently, and what one person claims is an objective opinion or interpretation another will dismiss as little more than prejudice. These debates, which have become especially strident in academic circles in […]

  • Why Did They Vanish?
    par Tim Flannery le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    If you visit an even moderately old museum display on human evolution, or open anything but the latest textbooks on the subject, you’ll encounter cave-dwelling, mammoth-hunting Neanderthals who are beetle-browed, stooped, and distinctly unintelligent-looking. But over the past few years the […]

  • ‘And You Give Yourself Away’
    par Ange Mlinko le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    Arthur O’Leary was the scion of a high-born Irish Catholic family in County Cork who, in 1773, ran into trouble with a local English magistrate, Abraham Morris. Morris either took colonialist umbrage at the impudent O’Leary—who had also been a hussar in Empress Maria’s […]

  • Remembrance of Things Past
    par Hilton Als le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    When I was a little boy, not more than ten or eleven, I would label photographs. In our apartment in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn—I lived there with my mother, an older sister, and my little brother—photographs were kept in boxes or in albums, in which after a while the thick paper […]

  • Planning an Aryan Paradise
    par Martin Filler le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    1. So horrendous were the manifold atrocities perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his followers that decades passed before scholars began to address the Nazis’ use of the visual arts in their comprehensive program for domination. This blind spot was attributable to the long-held notion that […]

  • Kubrick’s Human Comedy
    par Andrew Delbanco le 22/04/2021 à 1:00

    Paul Mazursky, to whom Stanley Kubrick gave his first substantial role in Kubrick’s own first feature film, Fear and Desire (1953), recalls their driving together on a mission to hit up the young director’s uncle for a loan to finance the film. “I’m gonna get the money from […]

  • Irreconcilable Hebron
    par Yardena Schwartz le 21/04/2021 à 12:00

    It was about 7 PM on May 2, 1980, when Tayseer Abu Sneineh set out from a cave hideout on the outskirts of Hebron with three other Palestinian militants. Like his comrades, Abu Sneineh, a twenty-eight-year-old math teacher, was a member of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group, the leading faction of […]

  • Steeltown in the Rearview
    par Helen Epstein le 19/04/2021 à 11:00

    Americans born in the two decades following World War II grew up in an atmosphere of prosperity and hope. Between 1945 and 1970, US production of goods and services quadrupled, and much of the country began to take its modern form, with highways, motels and office buildings. By 1971, virtually […]

  • Asking the Right Questions
    par Sheila Heti, Lucy McKeon le 17/04/2021 à 1:00

    On April 15, 2021, we published Sheila Heti’s afterword to the newly translated 1969 novel by Clarice Lispector An Apprenticeship, which takes as its subject the “quest to love and be loved,” Heti writes. “But in order to truly love and be loved, one must first find […]

  • Who Gets to Live ‘the Good Life’?
    par Makenna Goodman le 17/04/2021 à 11:00

    These days, people who can afford to ponder the questions are asking themselves where and how they should live. There has been an uptick in upper-middle-class urbanites buying property in rural areas where Covid-19 numbers have generally been lower, and, according to a Pew Research survey, about […]

  • Clarice Lispector and Love’s Apprentice
    par Sheila Heti le 15/04/2021 à 10:00

    A human being is a creature who is lost, who is singular, who merges with and is like everything in existence, who knows and doesn’t know God, who has been steeped in pain and who is afraid to love and wants to love and be loved by another person more than anything else in the

  • Flacking for Facebook
    par Tamsin Shaw le 13/04/2021 à 10:00

    It wasn’t always this way for Mark Zuckerberg. These days, we take almost for granted that when there’s organized political violence in the world, there will be an apparent Facebook connection—whether it involves groups and pages that played a part in fomenting the Capitol […]

  • What Next, After Protest?: An Interview with Ephraim Asili
    par Devika Girish le 11/04/2021 à 10:00

    Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance opens with the protagonist, Julian (Eric Lockley), sorting through a large chest of books in the West Philadelphia house left to him by his grandmother. At the end of the film, in an extended take, he grudgingly cleans up the living room after a reading by the […]

  • A Dispatch from Our Correspondent
    par Howard W. French, Pooka Paik, Lyndon Thompson le 10/04/2021 à 11:30

    The New York Review’s April 29, 2021 issue includes Howard W. French’s review of three recent books about the decline of American global power, “Can America Remain Preeminent?” In it, French discusses the challenges facing the Biden administration after […]

  • Who Will Answer for the Deliberate Child Cruelty?
    par Ankush Khardori le 09/04/2021 à 11:00

    When Merrick Garland arrived at the Justice Department on March 11 for his first day on the job as attorney general, he came with a politically unimpeachable but vaguely defined dual mandate—to renew the department’s commitment to the rule of law and to boost morale at the department. […]

  • Dividends of a Just Economy
    par Robert Kuttner le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    Ever since the early twentieth century, advocates of taming capitalism in the public interest have assumed that energized citizens and activist government could counter the power of concentrated wealth. The Progressive Era, in which legislation was enacted to constrain the robber barons of the […]

  • Victory and Misery in Haiti
    par Marlene L. Daut, Ferdinand Mount le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    To the Editors: There are some dangerous misstatements and curious falsehoods in Ferdinand Mount’s recent review of David A. Bell’s Men on Horseback [NYR, January 14]. Mount states, “Haiti did eventually achieve independence, but only because Napoleon’s troops died of yellow […]

  • Which Musonius?
    par Gretchen Reydams-Schils, Gregory Hays le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    To the Editors: In his “Tune Out & Lean In” [NYR, March 11], Gregory Hays discusses recent translations and introductions that aim to make later Stoics such as Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius available to broader audiences. The review also covers Yale’s 2020 reissue of […]

  • Can America Remain Preeminent?
    par Howard W. French le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    Down to the final days of Donald Trump’s time in office, any attempt to measure the much-commented-upon decline of American power in the world had to contend with the unceasing abasement of the presidency itself. Under Trump, once-unimaginable shocks, outrages, and demolitions of norms and […]

  • Lincoln’s Rowdy America
    par Sean Wilentz le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    Amid the dismal presidential contest of 1856 that put James Buchanan, a moss-backed northern apologist for slavery, in the White House, Walt Whitman, in an essay entitled “The Eighteenth Presidency!,” summoned a very different sort of national leader. Whitman envisaged a “heroic, […]

  • Editing Humanity’s Future
    par Natalie de Souza le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    To alter the human genome seems a dramatic act, one that places a solemn responsibility on those who would commit it. The genome of our species is, after all, an intimate part of who we are, the core of our biology, a repository of the many millions of years of evolution that have yielded the

  • ‘What the Hell Can I Call Myself Except British?’
    par Gary Younge le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    On October 24, 2017, Paulette Wilson was transferred from Britain’s Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre to London’s Heathrow Airport for deportation to Jamaica. It didn’t take long to pack; she was arrested at a regularly scheduled appointment at a government immigration […]

  • A Praise House of Many Mansions
    par Erica Armstrong Dunbar le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    Worn wooden benches were filled to capacity on a Sunday morning in Georgia. Men and women sat shoulder to shoulder, slowly rocking, trying to forget the heat that turned small southern churches into potters’ kilns. Wilted children in their Sunday best knew that misbehavior was not an option […]

  • Eclipsed by Fame
    par James Gleick le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    The world’s first scientist-celebrity, Isaac Newton, was entombed in Westminster Abbey with high ceremony, alongside statesmen and royalty, under a monument ornately carved in white-and-gray marble, bearing a fulsome inscription in Latin: “Mortals rejoice that there has existed so great […]

  • All Over Desire
    par Sarah Chihaya le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    “What do you want?” is a painful question. To answer it honestly forces you to bring your own desire into confrontation with the flinching fear of its denial. Reading Mieko Kawakami’s novel Breasts and Eggs, one experiences the pain of women coming to terms with what they do and […]

  • The Problem of the Present
    par Mary Jo Bang le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    It was like a whip, the animated snappingof the man lying like an overturned turtleon the bed in the upstairs bedroom,his henchmen and henchwomen downstairs, gliding in the corridors, the new warmthof the sun in the window reducing itselfto the size of a stamp on the wooden deskin the empty office. […]

  • Words and Other Violence
    par Daniel Mendelsohn le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    1. In a year-end roundup of “Four Books That Deserved More Attention in 2017,” the New Yorker critic James Wood, who had placed Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone at the top of that list, offhandedly referred to the moment “when Erpenbeck wins the Nobel prize in a few […]

  • The Companionship of Nature
    par Colin Thubron le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    In her tour-de-force memoir, H Is for Hawk (2014), the English writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald described how she survived her grief over the death of her father by adopting and obsessively training a giant bird of prey. In rich, sometimes anguished prose, she portrayed a relationship with her […]

  • Coywolves
    par Paul Muldoon le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    The sight of one crossing my yard—all copper-zinc— in broad daylight, is etched on my eye. It’s mostly at night, though, when they snag a hapless deer, their voices are raised on high. No sooner do they corner a woodchuck or raccoon than their cover of “Ghost Riders in the […]

  • Averted Intimacies
    par Elaine Blair le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    There are two common ways in which a literary canon is titled and presented to the public. One is simply as a list of “best” books. As in, The Guardian’s list of “Top 100 Books of All Time” or Time magazine’s “All-Time 100 Novels.” The other variation […]

  • No More Mother-Saviors
    par Sophie Pinkham le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    The Soviet Union gave feminism a bad name. Women played a significant part in the revolution, which promised universal child care, easy divorce, access to contraception and abortion, freedom from the shackles of housework, and total equality between the sexes. In 1919 the Bolshevik Party formed a […]

  • When Poverty Became Profane
    par Magda Teter le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    On December 1, 2020, with the holiday season approaching and the latest congressional stimulus package stalled, The Washington Post reported that “about 26 million Americans say they don’t have enough to eat as the pandemic worsens.” The Post recommended several organizations to […]

  • In the Act of Living
    par Andrew O’Hagan le 08/04/2021 à 1:00

    I was once taken to an event at the New School by Barbara Epstein and she introduced me to Janet Malcolm at the drinks party afterward. “I’ll never forget what you said about Anne Stevenson’s lasagne,” I said to Malcolm. “I’m not sure I said much,” she […]

  • Floating in Time with John Edgar Wideman
    par Walton Muyumba le 06/04/2021 à 2:52

    John Edgar Wideman has been my most important teacher, though I didn’t attend any of his courses. I still think of the time I first read the stories in Wideman’s Damballah, already well into my undergraduate studies, as the moment my education really began. As the child of Congolese […]

  • ‘Where the Patriarchy Strikes’: An Interview with Merrill Markoe
    par Cintra Wilson le 04/04/2021 à 11:00

    Merrill Markoe, the artist, writer, and comedian who co-created Late Night with David Letterman, has recently published her tenth book, a graphic novel based on her childhood diaries. We Saw Scenery, which Markoe both wrote and illustrated, is a snappy and revealing look at Markoe’s journey […]

  • Armed with Arguments
    par David Cole, Matt Seaton le 03/04/2021 à 11:00

    Two recent mass shootings and an apparent uptick in gun violence generally have led to renewed calls on legislators to enact gun control measures. For his part, President Biden at first seemed to gesture toward backing an effort to restore the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which was allowed to […]

  • Welcome to Germany
    par Thomas Rogers le 02/04/2021 à 5:00

    In 2014 Emad Kendakji’s hometown of Hama became a center of fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces, and he was terrified of being conscripted into the army. “I knew I had to fight or get out,” he recently told me. So, like many other Syrians, the twenty-eight-year-old […]

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