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New York Review of Books: Toward a Green India

Bill Spindle
On the Grid in Leisang

With every village in India electrified, the country’s challenge will be to meet growing energy demand with renewable sources. But can it afford to give up fossil fuels?

Erica Getto
Choreographed Uncertainty

Even the most rigorous viewing of a Trisha Brown dance will never quite reveal the springs and levers that hold it together.

Magda Teter
Rehearsal for Genocide

Three recent books conclude that the anti-Jewish pogroms following World War I help to explain what would take place a generation later.

Fintan O’Toole
Our Hypocrisy on War Crimes

The US’s history of moral evasiveness around wartime atrocities undermines the very institution that might eventually bring Putin and his subordinates to justice: the International Criminal Court.

Free from the Archives

Friend to Henry James and Edith Wharton and inspiration to E. M. Forster, the writer and salonnière Howard Sturgis was, in his lifetime, more known for his social circle and luxurious estate (“a sybaritic sea,” in James’s words) than for his novels. In this essay from the Review’s March 6, 2008, issue, Edmund White makes the case for Belchamber, Sturgis’s third book—an “ambitious” portrait of an effeminate marquis nicknamed Sainty—while warmly depicting the life and times of Sturgis, an eccentric who lived openly with his male partner in Victorian and Edwardian England.

Edmund White
Portrait of a Sissy

“As Howard’s cousin, the philosopher George Santayana, remarked: ‘As if by miracle, for he was wonderfully imitative, he became save for the accident of sex, which was not yet a serious encumbrance, a perfect young lady of the Victorian type.’”

 

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