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It’s the Kultur, Stupid

Xenophobic right-wing nationalism—in Germany of all places?

Angst für Deutschland: Die Wahrheit über die AfD: wo sie herkommt, wer sie führt, wohin sie steuert [Angst for Germany: The Truth about the AfD: Where It Comes from, Who Leads It, Where It Is Headed]

by Melanie Amann

Finis Germania [The End of Germany]

by Rolf Peter Sieferle


Norwegian Woods

The thrilling complications of Edvard Munch’s art

Towards the Forest: Knausgård on Munch

an exhibition at the Munch Museum, Oslo, May 6–October 8, 2017

Så mye lengsel på så liten flate [So Much Longing on Such a Small Surface]

by Karl Ove Knausgård

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 24–October 9, 2017; the Met Breuer, New York City, November 15, 2017–February 4, 2018; and the Munch Museum, Oslo, May 12–September 9, 2018


Ku Klux Klambakes

Two new books give us a fresh look at the Klan in the 1920s.

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

by Linda Gordon

Ku Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s

by Felix Harcourt


Moreau, C’est Nous

Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The Story of a Friendship, a Novel, and a Terrible Year

by Peter Brooks


The Sounds of Silence

The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices

by Gerald Shea


All the World’s a Stage

The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart

by Mitchell Cohen


Somalia Rebounds

The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

by Andrew Harding


Writing on Thin Ice

The Vanishing Princess

by Jenny Diski, with a foreword by Heidi Julavits


Big Money Rules

Why do people who are poor vote for politicians who promise to cut corporate taxes?

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

by Nancy MacLean

The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

by Gordon Lafer


The Discreet Charm of Hong Sang-soo

On the Beach at Night Alone

a film directed by Hong Sang-soo

The Day After

a film directed by Hong Sang-soo


Russia’s Gay Demons

‘The Future Is History,’ Masha Gessen’s remarkable group portrait of seven Soviet-born Russians

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

by Masha Gessen


The Voice of God

What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters

by Garry Wills


Barbarians Out!

Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination

by Robert Bickers


Whole Earth Troubadour

The poems of W.S. Merwin

The Essential W.S. Merwin

edited by Michael Wiegers

Garden Time

by W.S. Merwin

The Moon Before Morning

by W.S. Merwin


A Hero in His Own Words

Shimon Peres’s ‘No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel’

No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel

by Shimon Peres


Black Saints and Sinners

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride


Let Them Buy Cake

The Supreme Court will hear a case at the center of the clash over marriage equality

Outing the Inside

Louise Bourgeois called attention to emotions that most people prefer to keep hidden: shame, disgust, fear of abandonment, jealousy, anger.

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, September 24, 2017–January 28, 2018

Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois

by Robert Storr

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