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.