Why This Billionaire Will Never Leave New York

Why on God’s green earth would anyone choose to live somewhere besides New York City? This, to Leonard A. Lauder, the philanthropist and chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies,…

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Assaults and Occupations in Wartime

We tend to think of America as occupying other countries — Japan and Germany after World War II, Afghanistan and Iraq more recently. By Johnson’s account, early Americans behaved pretty…

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Walt Whitman, Parenting Books and Other Letters to the Editor

True to Word To the Editor: So who knew? Until reading Dwight Garner’s essay “Mark My Words” (Nov. 8), I’d never heard of a commonplace book. Yet here I am…

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What if There Were a Worst-Seller List?

The graphic novelist Ben Katchor imagines what it would take to put together a weekly list of the least appealing books.

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Why Harry Truman Matters Today

SAVING FREEDOMTruman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western CivilizationBy Joe Scarborough Anyone who has watched cable news programs knows the medium requires even complicated issues be boiled down…

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Queer Exile: Three Novels About Émigrés, Lovers and Family

THE THIRTY NAMES OF NIGHTBy Zeyn Joukhadar291 pp. Atria. $27. “As long as my body was not for myself, I stopped allowing myself the luxury of wanting,” reveals the anguished…

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