Alexander Hamilton , by Ron Chernow. The Penguin Press, 818 pages, $35.
“I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.” This sentiment, which Ron Chernow borrows as an epigraph for his engrossing biography of the most brilliant and charismatic of the Founders, reveals Alexander Read More
It comes as something of a surprise to learn that the exhibition devoted to the English painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass.- Turner: The Late Seascapes -is the first to be entirely focused on its subject. Late Turner is, after all, almost as highly esteemed in Read More
The phone call I dreaded woke me up at three in the morning. A doctor on duty at the Animal Medical Center, Dr. Worwag, very gently tried to break the news to me: Stumpy, my 15-year-old orange-coated cat, a character known and loved by many faithful readers of this column, was not going to make Read More
The author Stanley Pottinger invited me to his book party at Elaine’s on March 8, and as I was leaving I snagged a copy of A Slow Burning off the bar and started it on the train. It was a page-turner but it managed to treat racial issues in a thoughtful way and the writing Read More