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How Should 21st-Century Readers Approach the Bible?

Faith and Reasons To the Editor: In his review of Karen Armstrong’s “The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts” (Dec. 1), Nicholas Kristof includes a quote from Armstrong: “Because its creation myths do not concur with recent scientific discoveries, militant atheists have condemned the Bible as a pack of lies, while Christian fundamentalists […]

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Why stolen diamonds are a girl's best friend

Why STOLEN diamonds are a girl’s best friend: Woman who used crime to fund her glamorous lifestyle reveals how she distracted shopkeepers while stealing jewels from luxurious stores Doris Payne recounts the crimes she committed to live a glamorous life Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she posed as a wealthy lady to steal riches  Growing […]

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Rereading Jean Rhys and Re-evaluating Margaret Thatcher

Female Types and Tropes To the Editor: Leslie Jamison’s fascinating essay “The Cult of the Literary Sad Woman” (Nov. 17) highlighted a longstanding modern type of female character. One could say that the earlier “damsel in distress” might be a fitting forerunner. I agree with much of Jamison’s analysis, but her argument might have been […]

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New in Paperback: ‘Presidents of War’ and ‘Solitary’

PRESIDENTS OF WAR, by Michael Beschloss. (B/D/W/Y, $20.) This sweeping look at presidents who led the United States through military conflict opens with a reluctant James Madison during the War of 1812 and closes with Lyndon Johnson facing defeat in Vietnam. Our reviewer, Jay Winik, called it “a superb and important book.” SOLITARY: Unbroken by […]

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‘The Man Without Qualities’ Acquires a New Volume

First there was Robert Musil the mechanical engineer, who invented a chroma meter, a device for evaluating color. Then there was Musil the philosophical scientist, interested in probability theory and logical positivism, as well as in the workings of the mind and the soul. Neither Musil seems a likely candidate for the role of novelist, […]