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Under the Spell of Yoga

Yoga: The Art of Transformation<p>an exhibition at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C., October 19, 2013–January 26, 2014; the Asian Art …

A New Populism?

Social Democratic America<p>by Lane Kenworthy<p>Oxford University Press, 238 pp., $27.95<p>Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union address received the usual …

Writing to Win

One of the great mysteries of the writer’s life is the transformation that occurs when he or she passes from being an unpublished to a published …

Memories of murder: Rithy Panh on The Missing Picture

<i>Web exclusive (excerpts from this interview appear in our January 2014 issue)</i><p>“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the …

Film of the week: Inside Llewyn Davis

<i>Web exclusive</i><p>On the grand tour of male failure in the Coen brothers’ universe, Inside Llewyn Davis occupies an unusual place. Blood Simple (1983), …

Dancing to Nowhere

If the character Marcello in Federico Fellini’s <i>La Dolce Vita</i>—played unforgettably by Marcello Mastroianni—had spent another four decades flitting …

Brassaï's Cloak of Night | by Luc Sante | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Youths of my generation learned about Brassaï from his eye-opening <i>Secret Paris of the 30s</i> (1976). There were pictures of thugs, bums, prostitutes, …

Love Objects

The casting of young, beautiful women to play opposite schlumpy men in comedy is a phenomenon we’ve been seeing and talking about at least since …

The Hidden Face of Russian Security

In early January, FBI director James Comey said the US has benefited from improved ties with Russia’s security services as Russia prepares to host …

The Three Leakers and What to Do About Them

Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy<p>by Rahul Sagar<p>Princeton University Press, 281 pp., $35.00<p>Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of …

‘The Greatest Catastrophe the World Has Seen’

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914<p>by Margaret MacMillan<p>Random House, 739 pp., $35.00<p>1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War<p>by …