This week's interview

Alexander the Great and Campaspe in the Studio of Apelles by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Writing About Art

Rachel Cohen

Good writing about visual experience allows us to see things we otherwise wouldn't, says Rachel Cohen. The author of Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade picks some of her own favourite books about art. 

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Book of the Day


The Sorrow of War

by Bao Ninh

“He was born in North Vietnam, I was born in a logging town in Oregon and we end up in the same war on different sides.”

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