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Maggie Shipstead’s time-spanning, globe-circling new novel
An orator dictating to a scribe, Roman, 4th century, Temple of Hercules at Ostia Antica
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From a huge new book on the history of information, an excerpt on the role of secretaries
Object of Napoleon’s desire: Veronese’sThe Wedding Feast at Cana (1563)
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Recent books with Harvard connections
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Marilyn Booth translates Arabic literature for Anglophone readers.
Juneteenth pride: commemorating June 19 in 2020, in Greenwood, the site of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre of 1921
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Annette Gordon-Reed on the real history of Texas, and Juneteenth
Johnson performs “What a Wonderful World” with the Boston Pops at his twenty-fifth reunion.
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Scott Albert Johnson finds his path.
The moderator in the middle, as Donald Trump defines “debate” to mean “brawl” in his first face-off with Joe Biden, Cleveland, last September 29.
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Chris Wallace has “the toughest job of any television journalist.”
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An illuminated page showing Abu Zayd and his friend al-Harith, narrator of the Impostures, arriving in a village, from a copy of the Maqamat (“Impostures”) created in Baghdad in 1237 by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti. No portrait of al-Hariri is known to exist.
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