Claudia Rankine Wishes More Writers Thought About Whiteness

What’s your favorite book no one else has heard of? J. M. Coetzee’s “Life and Times of Michael K” is a book I often refer to in conversation only to…

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Best Art Books of 2020

‘RAPHAEL 1520-1483’ Edited by Marzia Faietti and Matteo Lafranconi (Skira). There’s no 2020 show I regret missing more than this one in Rome, the largest Raphael retrospective ever. As the…

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A Poet Who Mesmerizes by Zigs and Zags, Hopping From Idea to Idea

Seshadri relishes this kind of complexity, whether it means extending a conceit or changing the scale of a poem like a detective zooming in on surveillance footage. Consider “Birding,” which…

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What’s in Our Queue? ‘Down by Law’

What’s in Our Queue? ‘Down by Law’ Michael CooperIn New York, With France on TV Poetry: ‘The Waste Land,’ read by Alec Guinness Reading about T.S. Eliot’s Wagnerism sent me…

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The Best Books to Give This Year

This year, a cookbook is one of the few presents that people actually need. (Though cash and a Roomba would be nice.) What have we been doing these past 10…

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In “This Is Your Time,” Ruby Bridges Urges a New Generation to Keep Fighting

VISIBLE GEM This has been a bittersweet month for Ruby Bridges, the civil rights icon who was the first Black student to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans. On…

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