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Nanni Moretti (second from left) in We Have a Pope

Hitchcock delighted in manipulating the audience. Early on Luis Buñuel learned to be satisfied with amusing himself.

For a young black student, France was not the refuge it was reputed to be.

Diana Sumner (left), Howard Bloch and Angela Davis, Biarritz, France, 1963

Angela Davis’s student years in France were an alchemy of discipline and distraction.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.

 Margaret Sanger’s Brownsville Clinic

Margaret Sanger’s legacy continues to haunt debates about abortion and family planning.

The swirl of controversy over Jodi Kantor’s biography reflects deep cultural anxieties about the limits we place on women in power.

Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie is an artist of the things we don’t say, or can’t, and that find expression anyway.

Passport photograph of William Carlos Williams, 1921

A new biography shortchanges the poetic achievement of William Carlos Williams.

Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach reunited, June 1937

Why was Joseph Lelyveld’s history of Gandhi’s years in South Africa attacked by India’s Hindu right?


 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010