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The New York Review of Books 60 (2023), 4


Sue Halpern
Private Eyes. The surveillance economy has all but eliminated Americans’ ability to be “let alone.”

Clare Bucknell
Cannibals and Guillotines. Far from a straightforward propagandist, the caricaturist James Gillray preferred pleasing, or irritating, many different kinds of customers.

John J. Lennon
Peddling Darkness. True crime stories, like Sarah Weinman’s Scoundrel, make for suspenseful reading. But do they exploit the criminal, and deepen a thirst for punishment?

Frederick Seidel
A Giraffe Eating a Swan a poem

Natasha Wimmer
The Friction of Language. The novelist Yoko Tawada, who writes in both Japanese and German, often makes translation one of her central themes.

Jesse Nathan
What the Cedar May Have Said a poem

Evan Kindley
Departments on the Defensive. A new book by John Guillory explores the history of literary studies and casts a despairing eye at the future of literary criticism.

Gordon F. Sander
Finland’s Turn to the West. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has abruptly ended the Finns’ reservations about joining NATO.

Michael Gorra
Having the Last Word. The sketches in Janet Malcolm’s Still Pictures are as close as she ever came to the autobiography she wouldn’t or couldn’t write.

David S. Reynolds
The Remarkable Grimkes. A new multigenerational history of the abolitionist Grimke family is a sobering reminder of the complicated nature of race relations in America after the Civil War.

Kathryn Hughes
A Complicated Reformer. Adherents to Maria Montessori’s radical methods have extended from progressive parents to Benito Mussolini.

Gavin Francis
The Dream of Forgetfulness. Two recent books build on an insight of Borges—that to live, it is necessary to forget.

Rachel Nolan
An Amazonian Exodus. The discovery of a Bible led a Peruvian man on a decades-long process of conversion, leading him and his disciples to a settlement in the West Bank, where they became caught up in a demographic contest with Palestinians for the future of Israel.

Michael Dirda
‘Devilish Agencies at Work’. Walter de la Mare, a poet and writer of weird tales, once counted T. S. Eliot and Graham Greene among his admirers, and now his ghost stories persist with an underground influence.

Thomas Rogers
The Long Shadow of German Colonialism. The people of what was once German-occupied Africa are demanding reparations for the colonial violence that shapes the region to this day.


Ruth Rosenwasser, Susan Tallman
A Tip of the Hat

Christian Wolff
Defending Bryher

Christopher Benfey
Exquisite Solitude

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