When considering new book projects, we’ll often ask ourselves: “Who is this book for?” Reverse the variable and flip that around—“Which book is for this person?”—and you have that most common query of the gift-giving season. So let’s see if maybe you know some of the people we’ve got covered.
Artists at Heart
Six Drawing Lessons, by William Kentridge, reveals the studio as a site where linear thinking is abandoned and the material processes of the eye and the hand become themselves the guides of creativity.
Frustrated Seekers of Hamilton Seats
The late Thomas McCraw’s last work, The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and other Immigrants Forged a New Economy, makes up in narrative what it lacks in rhyme.
Big Data Doubters
In Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, Bernard Harcourt outlines the implications of the pervasive surveillance to which we now willingly submit, while Frank Pasquale, in The Black Box Society, argues for accountability for the corporate agents who know so much more than we think we’ve shared.
Mark Winston’s award-winning Bee Time celebrates the long relationship between humans and honeybees, enchanting readers with a life’s worth of lessons from the hive.
Connoisseurs of Creative Chaos
Leland de la Durantaye’s Beckett’s Art of Mismaking is an intellectual adventure into Beckett’s “ruptured writing.”
Mourners of Paris
Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project envelops the reader in Parisian ambiance, capturing the relationship between a writer and a city as richly as can be done.
People of the Public Square
With Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Judith Butler outlines the power and promise of public assembly, shining new light on the collective dimension of dissent.
Run Warren Runners
In How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy, Mehrsa Baradaran traces how nearly half of the American population came to be deserted by banks and walled off from credit, and sketches the outlines of the kind of postal banking system for which Elizabeth Warren has called.
Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science debunks dozens of widespread misconceptions about science, taking aim even at the scientific method itself.
Devotees of the Dog Park
Not only do they spike our oxytocin levels, but, as Pat Shipman shows in The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, dogs also helped humans outlast Neanderthals.
Robin Kelsey’s Photography and the Art of Chance addresses the question of whether happy accidents can still be art.
Christine Corton’s London Fog employs the likes of Dickens, Wilde, and Monet to recapture the cultural import of the first globally notorious instance of air pollution.
The Politically Dumbfounded
Zephyr Teachout’s Corruption in America and Robert Post’s Citizens Divided—which features a response from erstwhile presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig—together demonstrate how bizarrely out of step with history and with law the Supreme Court has been on the issue of campaign finance reform.
The Politically Terrified
Christopher Celenza’s portrait of Machiavelli sits all too well alongside this cycle’s candidate bios.
There's surely room on his yuge shelf for Martha Nussbaum’s The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age.
Men of Noble Bearing
John Leigh’s Touché: The Duel in Literature nearly rescues glamour from the barbarism.
Unionizing Uber Drivers
With The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It, U.S. Department of Labor official David Weil lays bare just how outdated our traditional definitions of worker and employer have become.
Wearers of the White Coat
The most recent addition to the Loeb Classical Library presents three classic works of Galen, philosopher, scientist, medical historian, and physician to the court of the emperor Marcus Aurelius.