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Micro-managing the terror

‘Lately, the paradoxical turns of recent Russian history… have given my research more than scholarly relevance,’ remarks Oleg Khlevniuk in his introduction. Indeed, in Putin’s Russia Stalin’s apologists and admirers… Read more The post Micro-managing the terror appeared first on The Spectator.

Throw away the Valium and start bragging instead

This is not a book to be read in solitude. Not for the obvious reason that it’s frightening, but because every few lines some fascinating or unexpected fact forces you… Read more The post Throw away the Valium and start bragging instead appeared first on The Spectator.

Demonised Barber of Fleet Street

We know a great deal about Samuel Johnson and virtually nothing about his Jamaican servant, Francis Barber. The few facts of which we can be certain are these: born into… Read more The post Demonised Barber of Fleet Street appeared first on The Spectator.

The frog prince

It would not have surprised their friends in the 1930s when Peter Watson had a fling with my grandfather, Robert ‘the Mad Boy’ Heber-Percy. Both gorgeous young men were known… Read more The post The frog prince appeared first on The Spectator.

God help me shippies!

T.H. White complained that the characters in Walter Scott’s historical novels talked ‘like imitation warming pans’: those in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy, of which Flood of Fire is the final… Read more The post God help me shippies! appeared first on The Spectator.

'Letters to Palestine' lends outsider perspective to Mideast

“The Palestinian voice has become synonymous with terrorism.”

Amid Talk of Dutch Masters, Malcolm Rogers Looks Beyond Boston

Mr. Rogers will help collectors spot undervalued art, including British 20th Century art.

After 20 years, Amelia's Notebook is Wrapping Up

When Marissa Moss was growing up, she kept journals in composition books with speckled black and white covers. These notebooks provided the inspiration for her Amelia’s Notebooks series which began in 1995, a middle-grade children’s book phenomenon with over 25 installments—and a staple of my childhood. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: ‘Leaving Orbit,’ a Pensive Ode to Closing of a Frontier

“Leaving Orbit” chronicles the last days of NASA’s shuttle program in the context of the larger “heroic era” of spaceflight.

The Problem With Friends With Benefits

There are two ways friends with benefits can work and a lot of ways it can't. First, there is the fairy tale twist. The two of you -- such great friends! -- fall in love. You decide you don't want to be FWB, after all. You want to be...Show More Summary

T Magazine: A Suite of Spring Children’s Stories — Without Words

This trio of new titles reaffirms that silence is golden — and that compelling images speak for themselves.

The Other Saul

Earlier this month, I wrote about Louis Menand’s recent New Yorker piece about The Life of Saul Bellow, a new biography of the Nobel laureate by Zachary Leader. Now, in the LRB, Andrew O’Hagan reads the book. Sample quote: “Bellow’s community was his subject and his subject was his voice.”

Video: Your Favorite David Letterman Memories

New York Times readers shared their favorite Letterman memories. Here are highlights.

Michael Caine on Elderly Roles and Why He Snubbed Cannes After ‘Alfie’

The actor stars with Harvey Keitel in the festival entry "Youth," from Paolo Sorrentino.

In Bed with a Rogue by Samantha Grace

The good: Well, almost everybody we meet. The hero, Sebastian, is one of the nicest, kindest heroes I have ever read. When we meet him, he’s apparently already added a parenthetical (retired) behind his title of rogue extraordinaire,...Show More Summary

Recapping Some Bestsellers Still on Sale!

There are some outstanding best-selling reader favorite romances on sale this month! Here are a few that are still on sale that many of you have grabbed already. But if not, you still can! Or, better yet, you can buy a copy for a friend who you know would love a book as a surprise gift. (I love doing that. My friends tend to like it, too. Can’t imagine why.)

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Recommended Reading: Millions contributor Shaj Mathew on avant-garde fiction.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

I was stressed out and overworked when I picked up The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest Country to read on vacation. It quickly became The Book that 1) I didn't put down 2) confirmed that life didn't...Show More Summary

Dante Turns Seven Hundred and Fifty

On April 24th, Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy’s first female astronaut, took time off from her regular duties in the International Space Station to read from the Divine Comedy. She picked the opening canto of the Paradiso, in which Dante describes his ascent through the circle of fire and his approach toward God:

At Nobel Peace Center Museum, a Fence Makes a Statement About Migrant Crisis

Two artists are using a fence next to the Nobel Peace Center museum to draw attention to the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

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