William Merritt Chase: An American Master, by Elsa Smithgall et al. @ NYJB

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The Directors’ Preface announces that “This exhibition is the first retrospective on Chase in thirty years.”

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The Eyes of the City, by Richard Sandler @ NYJB

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“The Eyes of the City invites an unhurried view, seducing the eye to linger over the images, letting stories come to life in the mind.”

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The Art of Reviewing: Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, by Cynthia Ozick

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Like Updike, Anthony Burgess, and Vladimir Nabokov, Cynthia Ozick writes reviews with lush prose, each essay a stimulant to those seeking the beautiful interplay of ideas, language, and strong opinions.

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Critical Appraisals: Disinheritance: Poems, by John Sibley Williams

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“Disinheritance” is John Sibley Williams’s rumination on death and grief.

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American Odd: Henry Darger: Selected Art and Writings, by Michael Bonesteel

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This week I continue my American Odd essay series with a look at Chicago-area artist and recluse Henry Darger.

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IRL by Tommy Pico @NYJB

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Whipsawing between passages of erotic ecstasy and suicidal despair, “IRL” by Tommy “Teebs” Pico reveals itself as a monument of self-lacerating beauty.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, by Herta Muller @NYJB

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Ms. Müller won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009. The Swedish Academy awarded it because her writing is imbued “with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” Despite the spies, surveillance, and tyranny, the Romania she presents appears like a fairy tale.

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