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Opinionated and eloquent, erudite and wearing his knowledge with lightness and humility, famed editor Robert Gottlieb is a delight to read in this collection of his reviews and essays. Read more

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The title of this collection of essays by the Peruvian Nobel-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa refers to the two ill-advised paths often taken in Latin America—military dictatorship or tyrannical Utopian projects. Read more

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The writers that Viet Thanh Nguyen assembled for his essay collection, The Displaced, powerfully report on their experience of being forced to leave a homeland and trying to find—or adjust to—a new home. Read more

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It’s past-due for my annual Look Back/Watch Out Ahead gala essay; so here goes ... Read more

Art for Art's Sake

Without the past there can be no present. Those who control history can manipulate the meaning of now. With Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives, Sunil Khilnani, sets out to rescue his country’s past from obscurity and also from ... Read more

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William Shakespeare hasn’t stood still through the centuries. As Bart van Es points out in this engaging essay, his texts are rich enough to bare many sorts of stagings and settings. Prior to Shakespeare, plays were populated by types. He f... Read more

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“Modernity” is the central theme of Roberto Calasso’s La Folie Baudelaire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which, among many other things, explores the origins of the word as defined and executed by Baudelaire between Read more

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Meet Tom Hartwig, an 80-something farmer in small-town Wisconsin whose favorite hobby is firing his homemade cannons. Hartwig is at the center of Michael Perry's touching memoir, Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck... Read more

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John Cage the composer was almost inseparable from Cage the essayist. They were facets of the same persona. Prefacing the handsome 50th anniversary edition of Cage's seminal collection of writings, Silence, is an introductory essay... Read more

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