Books of The Times: Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses Books of The Times: Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses

Nell Painter’s “Old in Art School” and Aruna D’Souza’s “Whitewalling” bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.

yesterday, 20:03
Children’s Books: Why Do Kids’ Books About Black Hair Draw So Much Attention — and Controversy? Children’s Books: Why Do Kids’ Books About Black Hair Draw So Much Attention — and Controversy?

I set out to write a warm, whimsical book about a black girl’s hair. Twenty years on, that’s still a powerful subject.

yesterday, 18:58
New bio 'Flash' snaps revealing portrait of famed New York photographer Weegee New bio 'Flash' snaps revealing portrait of famed New York photographer Weegee

Weegee gained fame in the 1930s and '40s for his photos of New York crime scenes. A new bio, 'Flash,' looks at his life and work. A 3-star review.        

yesterday, 18:44
Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness

In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.

yesterday, 23:00
The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez

“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”

yesterday, 22:00
Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump? Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump?

Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.

yesterday, 21:00
An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

Matthew Dickman’s new collection of poems, “Wonderland,” revisits his teenage years.

yesterday, 23:39
By the Book: Samantha Hunt: By the Book By the Book: Samantha Hunt: By the Book

The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel “The Seas” will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: “I enjoy all these books. I just hope I’ll never need them to survive.”

today, 11:00
Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History

Peter Ackroyd’s “Queer City” is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.

today, 11:00
Nonfiction: A Writer Takes On the French Intelligentsia Over Muslims Nonfiction: A Writer Takes On the French Intelligentsia Over Muslims

In “The End of the French Intellectual,” Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country’s most oppressed people.

today, 11:00
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