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What Fills the Empty Spaces in ‘City Squares’?

Squares are the empty hearts of cities waiting to be filled by individual and public meaning.

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‘How to Smoke Pot (Properly)’ Is the Model for Confident, Professional Marijuana Advocacy

David Bienenstock proves himself more than capable as a rhetorician, mixing equal parts manifesto, memoir and pamphlet.

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Ian McGuire’s ‘The North Water’ Is a Barnburner of a Tale

Life aboard a 19th century whaling ship with a band of madmen. It's certainly not for the faint of heart.

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Each Character’s Devotions Define Them in Taïa’s Excellent ‘Infidels’

Infidels is a book to be read again and again, certain that there is something new to be gleaned every time.

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Are All Drummers Dimwitted and Crazy?

British music journalist Tony Barrell tries to get timekeepers some props. Or at least figure out why Tommy Lee has that Mighty Mouse tattoo.

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Ross Posnock Explores Why Artists so Frequently Renounce the Tenets of Their Art

Renunciation is a richly textured and highly original exploration of the artistic impulse.

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Whatever the Future May Hold, Paper Has a Rich History

The Paper Trail makes the case that paper is one of history's most revolutionary technologies even as its contemporary importance fades.

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Kathryn Harrison and the Relative Safely of Middle Age

Kathryn Harrison's middle-aged transgressions in True Crimes are less egregious than those of youth. And that's a good thing.

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The Eclectic Hotpot That Is Lisa Hanawalt’s ‘Hot Dog Taste Test’

Lisa Hanawalt offers a smorgasbord of foodie art and humor to suit every taste.

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The Buying of the Light: An Eerie Debut on Consumption and Corporeality

Kleeman's You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is a powerfully feminine and disturbingly organic contribution to the literature of consumerism.

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‘The Noise of Time’ Considers the Artist’s Place in an Oppressive State

In this fictional account of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Barnes reveals the inner conflicts of a man trying to live by a set of principles in a shfting time and place.

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‘The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer’ Is an Insightful Look at the Work of a Key Voice in Gaming

This book contextualizes the merit of Rohrer's work as artful explorations beyond the designer's own point of view.

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Grief and Guilt in a Jewish Family

This postwar Jewish family is splintered by a child's death in Elizabeth Poliner's As Close to Us As Breathing

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Is a Lucid and Robust Voice for the Forgotten

Nothing Ever Dies is a timely meditation on the power of memory as an implement and a consequence of war.

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‘The Lonely City’ Makes a Case for Empathy and Kindness

Olivia Laing mixes art criticism and memoir; effectively synthesizing these two modes of writing so that the personal elevates the analysis, with a sizable emotional heft.

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Tolstoy, Rasputin, and Teffi, One of Russia’s Greatest Woman Writers

Teffi’s genius lies in applying a light, ironic and at times satirical flair of humour to deeply serious subjects

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‘Digital Signatures’ Finds a World of Sound in a Handful of Songs

How have ears and minds become conditioned to the binary codes that shape contemporary pop music?

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‘Avedon / Warhol’ Is an Astute Juxtaposition of the Two Brightest Stars in the Gagosian Galaxy

Gagosian has a clear-eyed, bird’s eye view on perhaps the most self-evident yet severely complicated relationship in modern art history.

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Looking for a Way to Supplement Your Income? Why Not Steal the Mona Lisa?

All you need is Taylor Bayouth's How to Steal the Mona Lisa to help you figure out how to get away with it.

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Never Again, Until Next Time

David Rieff's exploratory work in In Praise of Forgetting seeks to map the ways in which historical memory acts upon us and can be acted upon.

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