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Democracy and Its Discontents

Democracy and Its Discontents For the American right, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the forty-fifth president of the United States was a moment of political rebirth. Elements of American conservatism had long fostered a reactionary counterculture, which defined the push for civil rights as oppression, resisted the equality of women and the transgression of conventional heterosexual […]

‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’

‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’ How can the contemporary novel speak the unspeakable? It’s an old question, a tired one perhaps, now that “the unspeakable” has come to encompass many forms of trauma that writers regularly speak about: self-harm, sexual abuse, genocide, fascism, climate change. Search for “speak the unspeakable” online, and the encyclopedic range of results, […]

Shelley’s Anti-Boney Fides

Shelley’s Anti-Boney Fides To the Editors: In his excellent piece on Napoleon, Ferdinand Mount asks why “half the intelligentsia of Europe,” including Percy Bysshe Shelley, “were passionate Napoleonists.” Shelley, however, was no Napoleonist. ———— The content for this post was sourced from www.NYBooks.com View the Original Article

‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino

‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino The twenty-five paintings in “Come Softly to Me”—Fratino’s first solo show, at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.—range from gem-like portraits of friends and lovers to larger scenes of city life to a trio of alluring box lids, each measuring roughly 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Known primarily for his […]

Whose Raj?

Whose Raj? To the Editors: Max Hastings’s “Staying On” is an essay blighted by prejudice and redolent of the stuffiest traditions of British self-regard. ———— The content for this post was sourced from www.NYBooks.com View the Original Article

That’s some catch, that Catch-22

That’s some catch, that Catch-22 I have been looking forward to this: Tonight, a six-part adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 debuts on a certain streaming service. Among a cast of many, the series features Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Hugh Laurie (House), and George Clooney (an all-around handsome and debonair gentleman, who seems born for this), […]

‘Les Temps Modernes’: End of an Epoch

‘Les Temps Modernes’: End of an Epoch Few publications remained as true to their initial goals as Les Temps Modernes, and few demonstrated the rigor and openness and bravery it did in fulfilling it. Fewer still could boast of contributors of the caliber of those who wrote for the journal, especially in its early days, […]

Best books of May: Literature and fiction

Best books of May: Literature and fiction A lyrical, morally complex family saga; an uproarious and provocative work of satire; a sobering story set right after 9/11, and a heart-wrenching but hopeful yarn.  See all of our literature and fiction picks, or browse the rest of the Best Books of the Month. Shop on Amazon […]

The Fog of Ambition

The Fog of Ambition “Almost great” is George Packer’s measured judgment on the life and character of the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who was trying to broker an end to the war in Afghanistan when he died suddenly in 2010. Holbrooke left the war pretty much as he found it, and peace is no closer […]

Truth, Beauty, and Oliver Sacks

Truth, Beauty, and Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks found it impossible to work in the abstract; only when he went to work in a hospital as a neurologist, interacting with patients, did he begin to fulfill his potential. His natural shyness disappeared in the face of the problem to be solved—the human problem, the difficulty or […]