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Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Sontag’s Wildean provocations reached their apogee in her famous 1964 essay, Notes on Camp, also collected here. The debt to Wilde is manifest on almost every page. Remarkably, Sontag holds her own wi ...

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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

A compelling (if a touch overly detailed) look at Florence, its architecture, and one of its artisans.

NY TIMES

Inferno

Dante’s nightmare vision becomes the book’s visual correlative for what its scientific calculations suggest.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The Borgias

To his credit, Meyer (The Tudors) is forthright about how this supposed “hidden history” of the Italian Renaissance’s most controversial family came to be: it is the product of “[a] year of re ...

WSJ ONLINE

The Lady in Gold

Ms. O'Connor has told an important story. Yet it is hard not to agree with the late John Updike, who upon visiting the Neue Galerie in 2007 lamented that there are "not enough" Klimts " ...

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The Gift: A True Story of Life, Death, and Trust

A sugared concentrate of Steel's soothing-syrup craft (Accident, p. 16, etc.), in which a family tragedy, the plight of a unwed teen mother-to-be, and the drift of a grieving teenage boy conclude in a ...

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Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire

A motley collection of previously published essays on topics ranging from Anne Frank to Bill Blass, by a New Yorker staffer and biographer (Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, 1999, etc.).

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Priceless

The digressions into art and art history are distracting, but crime buffs will receive a painless education while they enjoy a lively account of art thieves and the man who pursued them.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Antonia Quirke adores films — especially their hunky male stars.

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

The Moon and Sixpence

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

The Music Lesson

The Stones of Venice

The Illuminated Rumi

Kesey's Garage Sale

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