The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.
Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.
Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.
Updike: Antithesis to today’s literary culture. Serenity, not struggle, his hallmark; praise, not pungency, his métier. And not one hour of writer's block.
Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.
Revisiting Arthur Miller's crucible, Irving Finkel's ark before Noah, Karl Ove Knausgaard's pre-Flood Norwegian forest, and meeting Lampedusa's siren.
Compelling visions of what it means to live, eat, and pray now from Ben Lerner, Dan Barber, Louise Gluck, N.T. Wright, and Roy M. Anker.
Rereading your old favorite books can be revealing—and so can walking, drinking, God, and church history.
Dinaw Mengestu's novel considers what it is to walk around in an America that holds no promise for you, while Matt Fraction elevates the comic book to new heights.
A feisty novel, a formidable tome, and the latest from "a scholar of history who can really write"—there is a great deal to be learned.
Readers interested in Russia and Ukraine, CIA analysts and Soviets, Doctor Zhivago censorship, and more will enjoy these fascinating histories of the Cold War.