The Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s First Novel Since 1973

“Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth” is at once political satire and murder mystery, and a lament for the spirit of his native Nigeria. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTHBy Wole Soyinka In the first pages of his poignant 2006 memoir, “You Must Set Forth at Dawn,” Wole […]

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Charles G. Sellers, Historian Who Upset the Postwar Consensus, Dies at 98

Charles G. Sellers, a historian whose work on early-19th-century America helped overturn the postwar consensus that democracy and capitalism developed in tandem by showing that in fact they were more often at odds, died on Thursday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 98. His wife, the historian and philosopher Carolyn Merchant, confirmed the death. The son of a […]

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George III is often portrayed as a wicked tyrant

Mad, yes – but not that BAD: George III is often portrayed as a wicked tyrant (most recently in the musical Hamilton), but a top historian insists the myths behind the monarch are royally wrong Andrew Roberts has written a 784-page biography about King George III Historian is first to gain access to the essays of the King in the Windsor […]

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‘The Right to Sex’ Thinks Beyond the Parameters of Consent

By Jennifer Szalai When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Americans don’t think about sex nearly enough — this occurred to me after reading “The Right to Sex,” Amia Srinivasan’s quietly dazzling new essay collection. Talk about it, yes; argue over it, most definitely. But Srinivasan, a professor of social and political […]

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In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Horror-Tinged New Novel, a Mesmerizing Star Appears in the Sky

By Dwight Garner When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. “Cheep-cheep, you fat creep,” a bird says to a journalist, or so the journalist thinks, in “The Morning Star,” Karl Ove Knausgaard’s apocalyptic new novel. “Cheep-cheep, and no sleep.” The bird isn’t the only strange harbinger. A bright and eerie new star, […]

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Was Occupy Wall Street the ‘Beginning of the Beginning’?

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Todd Gitlin GENERATION OCCUPYReawakening American DemocracyBy Michael Levitin Ten years ago this month, the story goes, a few dozen activists squatted in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street. Three years had passed since Barack Obama declared “the audacity of hope”; now came the autumn of […]

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They Survived, They Recovered (Mostly) … What Next?

By Mary Pols THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT A Memoir of Life After Brain DamageBy Drew Magary288 pp. Harmony. $27. When Magary woke up in a hospital on Dec. 19, 2018, tubes everywhere, he figured he had lost a fistfight. In truth, though, he’d had an accident in a New York bar, either caused by or resulting in a […]

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