In episodes 3 and 4 of the HBO mini-series, the cast changes and the neighborhood gets both brighter and more dangerous.
Born in India and later a resident of Africa, Europe and the United States, she explored themes of feminism, post-colonialism and the search for identity.
Sitting in front of Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art showed the author Heather Rose what it meant to be vulnerable.
“How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England,” by Ruth Goodman, and “What Would Mrs. Astor Do?,” by Cecelia Tichi, are witty guides to the manners and insults of previous eras.
In “Dear Los Angeles,” the editor David Kipen compiles excerpts from the letters and diaries of a wide range of people to compose a kaleidoscopic view of the city.
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s “Hungover” is filled with boozy factoids, eccentric remedies and tales of alcoholic adventures on several continents.
A practitioner of “Engaged Buddhism,” he hired the unemployable; provided job training, child care and housing; and developed retreats at Auschwitz.
For “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a movie about poetic inspiration starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the filmmakers hired real poets to write verses for the characters.
His book, “Rhett Butler’s People,” was a best seller. He was also known for titles inspired by the Border collies on his sheep ranch in Virginia.
Many Ms. Paisley’s poems, plays and fiction plumbed the depths of domestic violence, a subject she knew all to well.
This biopic of the Swedish writer of the “Pippi Longstocking” series hits familiar beats, but its performances are pitch perfect.
Sign of the times? The University of Iowa, home to the famous Writers’ Workshop, now has a television-writing course.
Overseeing the nation’s treasure house of knowledge for three decades, he almost doubled its holdings but resigned in 2015, stung by cries of mismanagement.
Max Hastings discusses his new history of the war, and Sue Prideaux talks about the life of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Andrew Delbanco’s “The War Before the War” excavates the past in ways that illuminate the present.
One is set in the world of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family. One features talking latkes. Both capture the holiday’s promise that light will triumph over darkness.
In “Severance,” by Ling Ma, and “We Can Save Us All,” by Adam Nemett, young people are faced with preventing, or even just surviving, impending apocalypse.
The illustrator Katie Fricas celebrates what would have been the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s 90th birthday this month.
In three new collections, writers explore the lives of individuals testing the boundaries that separate themselves from other people.


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