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I review Richard Zenith’s new biography in The New York Times
On the trail of a deaf painter of the 17th century
Graciliano Ramos, Emilio Fraia, Clarice Lispector
A new book by Rafael Cardoso has some surprising answers
Thinking about Pieter de Hooch while scrolling through my phone
That least controversial of subjects
The worst place in the world
If you think the question is facetious, read this book
Interview with James McAuley
My first column for The Nation
Some cookbooks to get you started, if you haven't, or to keep you going, if you have