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Letters from the World

A “normal” Narva

Over a third of its population are Russian citizens and it is located at the edge of the isthmus where Russia merges into Estonia; Narva has an interesting position as Putin’s ambitions grow.


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Washington Journal

Too cool in the capital

On “Recent Acquisitions” and “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., and an update on plans for an Eisenhower Memorial in the capital.


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Unholy spirits

On Ghosts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clinton the Musical at New World Stages, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two at the Winter Garden Theatre.

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Jacob Lawrence at MOMA

On “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” at MOMA and “Struggle . . . From The History of the American People” at the Phillips Collection.

Exhibition note

On “Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing” at the Studio Museum, Harlem.

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New York chronicle

On the American Symphony Orchestra’s “Music U,” the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s Senza sangue, and more.

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The media

Verse chronicle

Doing as the Romans do

On Heaven, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips; Rome, by Dorothea Lasky; Breezeway, John Ashbery; A Woman Without a Country, by Eavan Boland; The Other Mountain, by Rowan Williams; and Nothing to Declare, by Henri Cole.

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