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How Africa and China’s own borderlands became the center of Beijing’s new empire.
By privileging historical catastrophe, a new poetry anthology narrows the definition of art.
Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.
A former public school teacher and union organizer picks his favorites.
How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?
How law firms and lobbyists protect and whitewash petroleum dictatorships.
Why India’s boom years have been a bust.
The Nobel laureate’s short stories are her lasting legacy to the literary world.