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In ‘Underland,’ Excellent Nature Writing From Deep, Dark Places

The English nature writer Robert Macfarlane’s new book, “Underland: A Deep Time Journey,” has a title that evokes a burrowing theme park ride or an IMAX movie, and indeed, like Alice in Wonderland or Orpheus in the underworld, down we go. You may have adventured with Macfarlane before. Though only in his early 40s, he’s written four intrepid and intelligent […]

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Got Any Time-Travel Plans This Summer?

The last few years have seen an uptick in pop culture stories featuring time travel, from the repetitions and revisions of “The Good Place” and “Russian Doll” to developments in “Game of Thrones,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Sometimes the MacGuffin by which we get to play with anachronism, but often also rooted in questions of free will and […]

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How Hidden Billions Are Making the Rich Richer

MONEYLANDThe Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the WorldBy Oliver Bullough During the federal trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, prosecutors extensively detailed his lavish spending on clothing, listing multiple purchases that included an $18,000 suede coat, pairs of trousers at $2,800 each and total spending of nearly $1 million at one Manhattan store […]

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The Book Lover’s Guide to Summer

It’s finally here. The end of the school year, the time for road trips and bonfires, the season when the days grow long. No matter your summer plans, they’ll be better with a book — and we’ve got plenty of titles to keep you happy, hydrated and cool. What’s on your list? Stay in touch by writing to us at […]

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The Penetrating Gaze of One of America’s Most Brilliant Art Critics

HOT, COLD, HEAVY, LIGHT 100 Art Writings, 1988-2018 By Peter Schjeldahl Whatever chips a critic might accumulate for honesty or temperance, for reading backlists, for punctuality or for nodding politely when yet another person recommends “All the Light We Cannot See,” for whatever, I would like to push all of mine to the center of the table on behalf of […]

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Thomas Harris returns after 13 years, but no sign of Hannibal Lecter

Thomas Harris, the creator of one of literature’s most terrifying monsters, arguably has one of the darkest imaginations of any writer working today. His infamous serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, devours his victims' organs after delicately preparing them and once ate a man alive, serving slices of his brain with truffles and capers. So it’s somewhat unnerving to hear Harris insist […]

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