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WASP’s Nest Terrified by the distinctly WASP-ish hell of lacking a life’s purpose, Cold War columnist Joe Alsop created a setting for his self-protective, civic-humanist fantasy

July 28, 2021

Short List What to read in the coming weeks, from memoirs exploring masculinity and the cutthroat world of ballet to a look at the history and future of motion

July 28, 2021

It’s Complicated The revolutionary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl won the hearts of everyone from Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger to Joseph Goebbels and Roger Ailes

July 28, 2021

The Kids Were Alright A new documentary explores the gritty intersection of skateboarding and hip-hop in 90s New York

July 28, 2021

What If … WeWork’s flamed-out founder, Adam Neumann, were made head of the World Bank?

Soul Stirrers Tracks to turn on your love-light and give you a soulful strut, from Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Katie Webster, P. P. Arnold, and more

Here Is New York Douglas Corrance’s colorful photographs recall summers in 1970s and 1980s New York

Opera Pick of the Week From Boston Lyric Opera in a bicoastal partnership with Long Beach Opera, the game-changing miniseries Desert In

July 23, 2021

Comstock’s Ghost Anthony Comstock spent his life trying to curb women’s rights. His traumatic history makes his mission all the more bizarre—and perverse

July 21, 2021

Short List What to read this week, including books on J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Roy Cohn; the virtues of forgetting; and the life of Rob Sedgwick

July 21, 2021

Good-bye, Blake Bailey Book-industry insiders are coming down on both sides of the Blake Bailey–Philip Roth controversy, which resulted in the pulping of Bailey’s Roth bio

July 21, 2021

Opera Pick of the Week In Lo Schiavo, Verdi’s forgotten Brazilian disciple tackles colonialism, South American style

July 17, 2021