Arts & Culture
A complex story of relationships and religion
The protagonist of Alice Elliott Dark’s novel gives readers the flawed heroine they crave.
The novelist and the theologian
I’m trying to live as Haruki Murakami writes: with questions but not an end in mind.
The power of the Latin neuter
An ancient language offers my nonbinary students something English does not.
In Broker, petty thieves teach us to forgive
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s characters find and create families in the margins of late-stage capitalism.
A famous Passion play’s evolution
In Oberammergau, the keepers of a centuries-old tradition have made big changes—including efforts to expunge antisemitic material.
Can the heat of a world on fire ignite seeds of joy?
Ross Gay’s new essay collection explores the revolutionary tactics of delight.
Priyanka Kumar considers the birds
Her elegant memoir is packed with information on the animals and landscapes she observes—and the threats to their future.
Philomena Cunk’s 21st-century expertise
Like Drunk History and History of the World Part II, Cunk on Earth is very funny. But the larger joke is that fake news is winning.
The voices of American poets
Edward Hirsch’s labor of love celebrates centuries of American verse, from Anne Bradstreet to Joy Harjo.