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PEN World Voices Festival: ‘It Can’t Happen Here’

At this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, Ian Buruma will join regular <i>Review</i> contributor Masha Gessen and the historians Max Boot and Nancy MacLean …

Fascism

Counting the Butterflies

Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov<p>compiled, edited, and with commentaries by Gennady Barabtarlo<p>Princeton University Press, …

Literature

Trump’s Inquisitor

In February, President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again to attack his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. He decried as “<p>DISGRACEFUL” Sessions’s …

U.S. Department of Justice

Becoming the Brown Girl in the Ring

There is a word Jamaicans use for home—“yard.” In Jamaica talk, “yard” refers to one’s living space, but may also refer to the whole island. <i>I</i> …

Bob Marley

The Key to Everything

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies<p>by Geoffrey …

Santa Fe

Pictures of the Jazz Age

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography<p>by Julia Van Haaften<p>Norton, 634 pp., $45.00<p>Paris Portraits: 1925–1930<p>by Berenice Abbott, edited by Ron Kurtz …

Avant-garde

Jaw-Jaw Better Than War-War

After six years in which he never traveled outside his country, never met with a foreign head of state, and maintained relations ranging from frosty …

North Korea

1968: When the Communist Party Stopped a French Revolution

For fifty years, the events of May–June 1968 in France have had a collective hero: the striking students and workers who occupied their factories and …

Political Science

Errol Morris in Conversation with Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma, editor of <i>The New York Review</i>, will be in conversation with the filmmaker and author Errol Morris, whose recent series <i>Wormwood</i> was the …

American Philosophy

Aiming for a Nuke-Free Korea: Bold Diplomacy or Dangerous Delusion?

When drinking in Korea, things turns perilous on the cry of “One shot!” It’s a call made in English that means “Bottoms up!” Everyone in the group …

South Korea

The Revolution That Wasn’t

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution<p>by Marci Shore<p>Yale University Press, 290 pp., $26.00<p>Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the …

Russia

Shinzo Abe, Pursued by Scandal

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, faces a tough two days of meetings when he arrives today in Mar-a-Lago to meet President Donald Trump. Abe has to …

Japan

My Kurdish Oppressor

When I was ten years old, my father came home late one day. I remember how pale he was. He said nothing about why he was late, walked straight to his …

Middle East

Steve DiBenedetto: A Denatured Humanism | by Dan Nadel | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

On the evening that I first walked out of Steve DiBenedetto’s new exhibition of paintings, “Toasted with Everything,” I looked up at the navy sky, …

Art

The Crazed Euphoria of Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’

Following the 2008 release of her internationally acclaimed <i>The Headless Woman,</i> Lucrecia Martel began discussing her next film. It would be a …

Literature

‘Drawing Is Always a Struggle’: An Interview with Art Spiegelman

When this interview was first proposed to the cartoonist, writer, and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, he seemed puzzled by the pitch. “Why do you …

Graphic Novels

Black Pictures

Pioneers of African-American Cinema<p>directed by Richard Norman, Richard Maurice, Spencer Williams, and Oscar Micheaux; curated and including essays by …

Black History

Reining in Big Data’s Robber Barons

The use of Facebook by Cambridge Analytica to gather data on tens of millions of users is just one of the troubling things to have come to light …

Targeted Advertising

Michael Frank in Conversation with Sarah Boxer

Michael Frank discusses his new memoir, <i>The Mighty Franks,</i> with Sarah Boxer, a contributing writer at <i>The Atlantic</i> and a contributor to <i>The New York</i> …

Los Angeles

How Turkey’s Campaign in Afrin Is Stoking Syrian Hatreds

Mohammed is not his real name. He asked me not to share personal details, fearing retaliation from the fighters he passes when he walks around his …

Middle East

Israel and Annexation by Lawfare

I always thought that if Israel were to unilaterally annex the occupied Palestinian territories, it would come under an international spotlight, with …

Israel

Stray Dog

Daidō Moriyama: Record<p>edited by Mark Holborn<p>Thames and Hudson, 424 pp., $70.00<p>Provoke: Between Protest and Performance—Photography in Japan …

Street Photography

Physical Graffiti on the Border | by Malise Ruthven | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

The eight prototypes of the wall that Donald Trump wants to build between the US and Mexico stand in San Diego like the mysterious monolith from …

Pacific Ocean

The Reflected Glory of Victorian Art

Why do mirrors appear so often in Victorian paintings? “Reflections: van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites,” recently at London’s National Gallery, …

Literature

April Films: Lucrecia Martel, Harun Farocki, ‘Le Corbeau’, and more

A film essayist, critical thinker, and austere poet of the modern world, as well as Jean-Luc Godard’s heir as an avant-garde political filmmaker,</b> …

The Arts

A Haunting Tribute to Tadeusz Kantor

The Wooster Group’s <i>A Pink Chair (in Place of a Fake Antique)</i> suggests what it might have been like to watch a ghost materialize on stage, called up …

The Arts

Forgotten Feminisms: An Appeal Against ‘Domestic Despotism’

Women have long understood the iniquity of their degradation and lack of basic human rights, and written about it. Until relatively recently, …

Feminism

The Smartphone War

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria<p>by Rania Abouzeid<p>Norton, 378 pp., $26.95<p>Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War<p>by …

Middle East

Wilder and Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder<p>by Caroline Fraser<p>Metropolitan, 625 pp., $35.00<p>Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books …

Books

If Trump Blows Up the Deal, Iran Gets the Bomb

The Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed in Vienna on July 14, 2015, will come up …

Nuclear Energy