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Omnivore

The long, slow death of religion

Andrew L. Whitehead (Clemson) and Samuel L. Perry (Oklahoma): Unbuckling the Bible Belt: A State-level Analysis of Religious Factors and Google Searches for Porn. With the death of one of the last three Shakers, an American religious tradition takes a step closer to extinction. James A. Haught on the long, slow death of religion. The evangelical scion who stopped believing: The son of a famous pastor, Bart Campolo is now a rising star of atheism — using the skills he learned in the world he left


Paper Trail

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award were announced today. Margaret Atwood will receive a lifetime achievement award, Yaa Gyasi’s Homecoming has won an award for debut fiction, and frequent New Republic and Guardian contributor Michelle Dean has won the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Finalists for the book awards include

Syllabi

Books for Twenty-First Century Travelers

Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina AnandIf on a winter's night a traveler, in a taxi headed south from Bombay's airport with a heavy suitcase full of hard drives, handmade electronics, and newly bought used books, were to consider his or

Daily Review

Jonathan Chait's homage to Obama

In one of the few waggish moments of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America (Custom House, $28), Jonathan Chait gently mocks presidential speechwriter Ben Rhodes for having an unrealistic idea of how much text can fit on a bumper sticker.

Interviews

Judith E. Stein

Judith E, Stein's book Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art examines the life of the art dealer who founded the fabled Green Gallery and was an early champion of artists including Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Donald Judd

Roundtable

On Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois by Robert Storr

Christopher Lyon, Linda Norden, Martha Schwendener, Léa Vuong, and Robert Storr

This 828-page tome on the art and life of Louise Bourgeois, who was born in 1911 and died in 2010, is the product of some thirty years of work. It comprehensively surveys Bourgeois's career as an artist, which spanned nearly seventy-five years, with more than nine hundred illustrations.

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