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The Money Shot Scottish photographer Albert Watson reveals the stories behind his best work

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

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

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

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

Safe Mode The authors of a new book on the history of quarantines think they’re here to stay

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

Drama Queen Over a decade-long career at HBO, Miranda Cowley Heller worked on The Sopranos and The Wire. Her debut novel is as fun as the best TV shows

When David Met Carmen An alluring new book explores the relationship between two fashion luminaries

Love at First Letter Inside the bizarre world of dating, sex, and marriage in America’s prisons

July 14, 2021

Short List Books to read this week, including a memoir from Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris; an inside look at the Secret Service; the true story of a Montauk shipwreck; and a colorful history of spas

July 14, 2021

Bret Easton Ellis’s Rules of Attraction The shock jock of American letters is back with a serialized audiobook that eschews the culture wars for something closer to home

July 14, 2021