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Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo

Martin Donovan as Matthew and Adrienne Shelly as Maria in Trust

The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, The Book of Life, The Girl from Monday and Meanwhile

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Lucien Jaume’s Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty.

Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon