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Short List Books to read this week, from Robert Kanigel’s biography of Milman Parry, the man who reanimated Homer, to novels by Edmund de Waal and Bina Bernard

May 12, 2021

The New Williamsburg Hasidim brought “the Jerusalem of America” to South Williamsburg after the Holocaust. All these years later, they’re on the move again

May 12, 2021

Paris When It Sizzles What’s more dazzling than Paris? Seeing it from above …

The Write Stuff Eight questions with Michael Lewis, author of a new book on the pandemic, about writing, luck, and why George W. Bush isn’t all bad

The Happiness Equation When it comes to world happiness, the Nordic countries are the gold standard. Here’s what the rest of us can make of our abysmal numbers

Flying Lessons The author of a new book on Virgin Galactic didn’t have to look far for inspiration—like Virgin’s lead test pilot, his dad was a fighter pilot and Top Gun grad

May 5, 2021

Fifty Shades of Downing Street A British aide who worked with Dominic Cummings on the Brexit campaign is writing an erotic novel based on her time in politics

May 5, 2021

Where the Magic Happens Beatrice Monti della Corte has been welcoming writers to her villa in Tuscany for what feels like forever. Ralph Fiennes and Edmund White recount the extraordinary experience of being there

Heroes and Villains What happens when you discover your heroine was a vile anti-Semite?

April 28, 2021

The Turing Enigma Nearly 70 years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, Alan Turing is joining the Queen on Britain’s £50 note. His nephew warns that the code breaker wouldn’t have wanted to be seen as a victim

April 28, 2021

You Heard It Here First The voice recordings of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton offer a window into two of 20th-century literature’s fieriest spirits

Malcolm of All Trades Malcolm Gladwell discusses his new book, Mao Zedong, and why the statues of history’s bad guys should stay up

April 21, 2021