One way to judge the morality of a society is to look at how it treats its prisoners. Another is to look at how it treats its children. Russell Banks examines both in his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin (Ecco, 416 pages, $25.99). In this disturbing, intelligent, but ultimately misshapen book, Mr. Banks forces readers to enter into the mind of a convicted sex offender. This turns out to be not as sordid as it sounds, because the sex offender in question is something of an innocent. In fact, he’s a virgin. His crime is soliciting a minor for sex via the Internet, but as details of the encounter are revealed, it is difficult to find much malice in his intent. Mostly, it seems to be a crime committed out of loneliness. Read More
This Friday, the earliest known images of Christ, from the year 240, go on view in New York for the first time, and they aren’t where you might expect them to be. They are part of a remarkable exhibition at the relatively obscure N.Y.U. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, a jewel-box of a museum on East 84th Street whose mission, according to exhibitions director Dr. Jennifer Chi, is “to break down preconceived notions of antiquity.” Read More
You were probably told to share, say “please,” and play nice in preschool. But, for some brokers, that message doesn’t quite stick.
David Innocenzi is a broker at Heddings Property Group. He was using TheInnocesiTeam.com for his brokerage business. But this summer, when he clicked to renew his membership of the domain name, it was mysteriously taken, according to The Real Deal. Read More
Catch-22 made Joseph Heller famous, but it made itself a lot more famous. It was a book so big it broke free of its author, then flattened him like a boulder. His failures were to it as fertilizer.
“In general, his critical reputation declined,” writes Tracy Daugherty in Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Read More
Last week the architect Rafael Viñoly was speaking—not kindly—about colleagues of his who think they can do things besides make buildings. “This is a profession,” he said dryly, “that generates an enormous amount of arrogance.”
Some architects have tried to design clothes; others, high-end chairs. Still others have attempted to design sets Read More
One thing about the art market that no one likes to discuss is its tendency to misvalue artists who make a lasting impact on art history. Some who achieve staggering prices during their lifetimes end up as curiosities just a few decades later. Others achieve fame and near-universal respect without ever seeing their prices reach Read More