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Philosopher of the Heart
How Should One Live?

This is the question that tormented Søren Kierkegaard, perhaps the first great philosopher to process our modern world—and it comes to life in Clare Carlisle’s unconventional new biography.

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The Literary Life
A Sickness Unto Death

A new memoir by George Scialabba, an unsung giant of criticism, is a gripping portrait of life under the spell of depression—and also a model of true intellectual inquiry.

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Lessons from Literature
Life and Death in Bergamo

A classic short story by Danish writer Jens Peter Jacobsen—notorious in his time for its pessimism—offers a surprising kernel of hope in our own time of plague.

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The Literary Life
Prostrate with Gratitude: On Clive James

The late literary critic embodied the best of his profession, and proved that books can furnish a life.

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Beyond Black and White
Can Americans Unlearn Race?

In his lucid new memoir, Thomas Chatterton Williams channels Albert Camus and James Baldwin—and offers a thoughtful counterpoint to the tired racial dogmas of both Right and Left.

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