Arts & Entertainment

The Invisible Hand of Empathy

New York Review of Books

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Corey Robin
Empathy & the Economy

The left is still preoccupied with the decades-old debate over which is more important: recognition of our identities or material redistribution. Adam Smith ended that argument before it began.

Andrea Barrett

Regina Marler
Uncommon Women

In Andrea Barrett’s stories, female characters with at least one foot in the sciences have to pick sides and contend with radical changes.

Amber: From Antiquity to Eternity by Rachel King
abstract painting by Julie Mehretu

Jed Perl
Between Abstraction and Representation

Artists today think they no longer have to choose between two opposed artistic traditions. But what is being lost in this eclecticism?

Jay Jabobs speaking at podium

Joseph O’Neill
New York’s Rusty Political Machine

New York’s unique red wave revealed the structural weakness of the state’s Democratic party—and above all its current committee chair.

Pearl: Nature’s Perfect Gem by Fiona Lindsay Shen


Free from the Archives

Claire Messud reviewed Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land for the January 11, 2007, issue of the magazine. The third part in Ford’s tetralogy about Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged real estate in New Jersey, Lay of the Land is set around Thanksgiving 2000, as Frank readies his house for a visit from his adult children, waits anxiously for news of the progress of his treatment for prostate cancer, and visits with his ex-wife, who abandoned him for her first husband.

Claire Messud
A Case of Development

“Ford cleaves closely to what is and might, without exaggeration, be, but he is capable of magnificent evocations that capture our current society’s absurdity and, in their intensity, rival any more fantastical literary take upon the world.”

Richard Ford; drawing by David Levine

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