Category: Art

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‘Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal,’ by Jay Parini

Photo Gore Vidal at Edgewater, his home overlooking the Hudson River in Barrytown, N.Y., 1958. Credit Photograph from “Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History’s Glare” (Abrams, 2009) Easily the best, most entertaining book about Gore...

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Greek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay

Photo A papyrus fragment believed to contain lines from the Gospel of John, dating from A.D. 250 to A.D. 350. Credit Geoffrey Smith, via The University of Texas at Austin Last January, Geoffrey Smith,...

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‘The Money Makers,’ by Eric Rauchway

In 2008, the international economy came within weeks of catastrophic collapse. Concerted action by the world’s monetary authorities staved off disaster. Although stagnation continues to plague much of the globe, especially Europe, a major...

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Adam Johnson, Inspired by Holograms, Humor and Escape

Photo Adam Johnson Credit Samson Yee When Adam Johnson’s short-story collection “Fortune Smiles” won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night, Mr. Johnson joined an elite group of literary greats who have...

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Nat Geo movie tells gritty Pilgrims’ tale

With its political infighting, tip-of-the-arrow diplomacy and climactic decapitation scene, the National Geographic Channel’s film Saints & Strangers is the Game of Thrones version of the first Thanksgiving. Continue reading