Wat in the World
Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.
Reading Coates, Thinking Obama
Ta-Nehisi Coates has managed to write a book on America’s racial dilemmas without involving either Barack Obama or Martin Luther King, Jr. Or has he?
Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, famous for his best-selling 2005 book On Bullshit, takes on inequality.
Consider the Apple
Novelist Julian Barnes gets it right in his new book of essays: the best way to see a painting is to look, and keep looking.
Should America Power Down?
Ian Bremmer argues that America should tender its resignation as the world’s superpower. But becoming Clark Kent, permanently, is not sound strategy.
The architects of the Eurozone privileged aspirational politics over economic realities. Reality is now playing trump.
The Suck, in So Many Words
War literature clambers over just a few tried and true thematic paths that date all the way back to Homer. But we still like it.
Dueling memoirs, one by Chris Hill and the other by Emma Sky, illuminate the Iraqi darkness when read together.