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January 28, 2016
J.M. Coetzee’s Facts of Life
For the South African author, the selves we write and read may be truer than any other.
January 7, 2016
The Many Manipulations of Henry Kissinger
In his new biography, Niall Ferguson is blind to his subject’s recklessness and treachery.
November 18, 2015
Nothing Remains Unchanged but the Clouds
With his worries about the gigantic power of technology and the minuscule moral illumination it can afford, Walter Benjamin remains our contemporary.
November 17, 2015
A Poet Who Believed in Nothing As in Love
After first writing poetry to impress and entertain his wealthy parents’ guests, cosmopolitan James Merrill went cosmic.
October 30, 2015
A Jazz Singer
Legendary vocalist Mark Murphy
exemplified the jazz values of improvisation, swing, and in-the-moment spontaneity.
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October 8, 2015
Jonathan Franzen Withdraws
Why are the agonized liberals in
so skeptical of political conviction?
October 2, 2015
There’s No Conflict of Interest in the ‘New York Times’ Review of Kissinger’s Biography
The reviewer was Kissinger’s top pick to be his own biographer—what could go wrong?
August 17, 2015
The Dread of Loneliness
Self-definition and equality in
Obergefell v. Hodges
July 16, 2015
The Most Eccentric New Yorkers and the Writer Who Loved Them
Joseph Mitchell and his subjects were “all freaks together.”
Robert S. Boynton
July 14, 2015
The NYRB Is Rewriting Tony Judt’s Stance on Israel
Judt called for a just resolution to the conflict, not the preservation of a “Jewish State.”
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad