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Starving in China

The great famine before China’s Cultural Revolution killed millions. Yang Jisheng took it upon himself to make sure the world knew about it.

Good company

Shakespeare’s actors brought his plays to life, but what kind of relationship did he have with them?

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Fiction chronicle

Fifty million fables

Reviews of Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho, Fight Song by Joshua Mohr, The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte, and The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.


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Exhibition note

On “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913” at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.

Gallery chronicle

On “Dana Gordon & John Mendelsohn: New Paintings” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, “Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets” at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, “Fedele Spadafora: New Paintings” at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, and “John Dubrow: Recent Work” at Lori Bookstein Fine Art.

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New York chronicle

On recent performances, including Stephanie Blythe, Francesca da Rimini, the New York Philharmonic, the Artemis Quartet, Sol Gabetta, the Å kampa Quartet, and more.

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The media

Speak no evil

The fallout from Britain’s phone-hacking scandal has now led to government regulation of the media and an ominous future for free speech in the West.

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