The Discoverer
December 01, 2011

Great photography is, to an almost extraordinary degree, the expression of a voracious curiosity. Whether he is studying the geology of Yosemite or th

The Voyage In
November 30, 2011

Alexandra Harris says that “much of Virginia Woolf’s writing life was devoted to … exposing the falsity involved in defining anyone as ‘this’ or ‘that

The Progress of the Nomads
November 29, 2011

The Wandering Falcon is an indelibly nostalgic novel: it honors the slower rhythm of a threatened lifestyle. In Jamil Ahmad’s novel and in real life,

The Good Wife
November 28, 2011

Before there were desperate housewives, real housewives, and Good Housewives, there were witty housewives. Or there was one, anyway: Myrna Loy, whose

The Wise Men
November 25, 2011

Jack Rakove uses rich descriptions of the Founders’ daily lives to quicken the plaster-cast heroes. With his attention to the texture of life, Rakove

Puritan Inc.
November 23, 2011

The New Plymouth colony was not a commune, Nick Bunker reminds us, but a common stock company—and one that accumulated heavy losses over its first dec

The Capital Gang
November 22, 2011

As befits a novel named for a Santería god, Changó is a strange and often bewildering book. What it’s about depends, in large part, on who’s looking.

Out of Many
November 21, 2011

As Desmond King and Rogers Smith argue in Still a House Divided, President Obama has thus far skillfully avoided taking a firm position on affirmative

The Overworked Court
November 17, 2011

The statement that “‘overwork’ requires a major change in the jurisdictional authority of the Supreme Court suffers from what Churchill used to call ‘