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To and from the Linguistic Shore of Ismail Kadare’s “A Girl in Exile”

JANUARY 9, 2018 AT THE END of World War II, the Communist Party took over Albanian territory with the hope of restructuring its sociopolitical, religious, and cultural landscapes, a mission they pursued until the early 1990s. The most significant...

Dear Match Book: We Want to Change the World

Your foundation’s reading list seems like the perfect opportunity to turn the page to 2018 with a more hopeful literary goal in mind: Read books, do good. All the books below share an urgent quality that I think aligns...

The War That Never Goes Away

Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, brings solid credentials to this enterprise, having written well-received histories of guerrilla warfare and America’s “small wars.” Here he draws on a range of material, official and personal, including...

Looking at Picasso Through a Cook’s Eyes

Photo Pablo Picasso is at the center of a new novel by Camille Aubray. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A novel that unpacks a supposedly troubled period in Picasso’s life, “Cooking for Picasso” describes the fictional relationship and...

What Life in Confinement Meant for Ezra Pound’s Work

Photo Ezra Pound Credit Photograph from Bettmann THE BUGHOUSEThe Poetry, Politics and Madness of Ezra PoundBy Daniel Swift302 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27 Perhaps no other poet in the 20th century presents more forcefully than does Ezra Pound...

Publisher Defied Trump to ‘Defend the Principles of the First Amendment’

On Monday, John Sargent, the chief executive of Macmillan, Holt’s parent company, sent a letter to the company’s employees, arguing that “as citizens we must demand that President Trump understand and abide by the First Amendment of our Constitution.”...

New Jersey Lifts Prison Book Ban After A.C.L.U. Calls It Unconstitutional

The department noted that the book was used by the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education Program, which allows inmates to enroll in college-level courses. Asked why the ban was lifted, Matthew Schuman, a spokesman for the New Jersey...

New & Noteworthy – The New York Times

Photo New this week: WHEN TO JUMP: IF THE JOB YOU HAVE ISN’T THE LIFE YOU WANT By Michael Lewis. Read by the author and various contributors. (Macmillan Audio.) Sheryl Sandberg narrates the foreword to this first manifesto of...

Virtual Enemy at the MIT Museum

JANUARY 8, 2018 ONCE I PUT ON the goggles and strapped the eight-pound backpack around my waist, the museum and its staff disappeared. So did everything else, all removed from my sight and hearing. The only thing in front...

From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm

Wolff turns to the same device, only from the voice of the opposing camp, in recounting Trump’s fateful decision to fire the F.B.I. director James Comey. “It was Jared, in the version told by those outside the Jarvanka circle,...