11 New Books We Recommend This Week

With this week’s recommended books, we go big. Not necessarily in terms of size (although that too, at times), but in terms of ideas, beliefs, social structures, -isms. There’s capitalism, in Eula Biss’s “Having and Being Had.” Colonialism and theism — both Christian and Muslim — in Alan Mikhail’s “God’s Shadow.” Racism and its consequences, in Talia Lavin’s “Culture Warlords” […]

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The Pious French Poet Who Palled Around With Picasso and Apollinaire

MAX JACOBA Life in Art and LettersBy Rosanna Warren “Fame is a fickle food,” Emily Dickinson wrote, “Upon a shifting plate.” Max Jacob would know. A marginal figure three times over — gay, ethnically Jewish and hailing from the provinces — the French writer and painter dined at the same table as the giants of European modernism, including Apollinaire, Georges […]

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The White Ship reveals Henry I's heir William drowned saving sister

How a drunk teenager shipwrecked the monarchy: After a raucous drinking session at sea, Henry I’s heir drowned trying to save his sister… reveals historian (and Diana’s brother) Earl Spencer The White Ship sank in 1120 on its way from Barfleur harbour to Southampton It was carrying Henry I’s only legitimate son, 17-year-old William Aetheling William ordered his guards to […]

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New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Jack Kerouac to Black Lives Matter

Recent audiobooks of interest: THE PURPOSE OF POWER: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, by Alicia Garza, read by the author. (Random House Audio.) The co-creator of the Black Lives Matter movement shares the lessons she’s learned — about activism and civil rights — the hard way. ALL RISE, by Nick Offerman, read by the author. (Penguin Audio.) […]

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‘The Upswing,’ by Robert D. Putnam: An Excerpt

1WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE “. . . what’s past is prologue, what to come, in yours and my discharge.” —William Shakespeare, The Tempest In the early 1830s a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to America at the behest of his government, with a mission to better understand the American prison system. At the time the United States was […]

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