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Inspired by the antiwar movement of the 1960s, he helped transform humanities by making room for subjects like women’s studies and Marxist criticism.
We’re still figuring it out.
The novelist, shortlisted for two of his previous books, received one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards for his cutting depiction of a white family in post-apartheid South Africa.
If the apps, alerts and action on your smartphone are taking up too much of your attention, turn on Focus mode to mute the distractions.
A selection of books published this week.
Knopf plans to publish a book next year based on hours of recordings the movie star left behind, as well as interviews with family, friends and associates.
Kevin Boyle’s “The Shattering” tells the story of the profound disruptures that rocked the country in the 1960s.
Cathy Curtis’s “A Splendid Intelligence” diligently covers the life of the essayist and critic who has been best known to the writers who revere her.
“The Correspondents,” by Judith Mackrell, is a group portrait of six pioneering female war correspondents, and the considerable challenges they faced.
The Biden administration’s rejection of the proposed publishing merger reflects a changing atmosphere in Washington toward consolidation.
The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio has distilled his theories about consciousness in “Feeling & Knowing,” paring things down and using an accessible style.
In Erdrich’s new novel, a woman dies while reading and then haunts a local bookstore’s employee.
His new novel, “The Making of Incarnation,” examines the arcane technologies that help shape the modern world.
In Sarah Hall’s novel “Burntcoat,” a fictionalized pandemic spurs a sculptor to productive heights.
Three new historical novels introduce us to characters who can’t be in two places at once.
A new biography by Debby Applegate recounts the story of Polly Adler, who arrived in America from Russia at 13 and became New York’s most successful brothel owner, befriending mobsters, policemen, politicians and writers.
“The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes,” by Zoë Playdon, investigates a long-suppressed legal case involving an aristocratic Scotsman, who, raised, at least initially, as a girl, went to court to prove his male gender.
In Uwem Akpan’s debut novel, “New York, My Village,” a Black African editor traces tribalism at home and abroad.
This grounding practice changed me from a passive reader into a thinker among other thinkers.
“We,” by Yevgeny Zamyatin, transports us to an authoritarian society governed by technological efficiency.


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