Book Reviews

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn
Hell afloat in Wallabout Bay. The Jersey, a British warship docked off Brooklyn during the American Revolution, served as a prison where some 11,500 perished. August 23, 2017

Where the Hearth Is
Vermeer’s interiors showcase Turkish rugs and brass chandeliers rather than spittoons and chamber pots.
Sept. 26, 2015.

A Plea for Time Out of Mind
Text messages, pop-ups, robocalls—there is no shortage of claims on our attention. How can we reclaim our interior lives?
April 29, 2015

Habits of Highly Inventive People
Leonard Bernstein believed pressure spurred creativity. To “achieve great things,” he suggested “a plan, and not quite enough time.”
April 3, 2014

All the Time in the World
From princes to popinjays, a catalog of historical curiosities to delight during every hour of the day.
Dec. 20, 2013

Embracing the Dark Side
In our haste to embrace a 24/7 lifestyle, nocturnal hours once reserved for sociability, reflection and rest have been usurped.
July 26, 2013

Planes, Trains and Orbital Spacecraft
'Ferdinand Magellan,' a college student once wrote in his final exam, "was the first explorer to circumcise the Earth." Not quite.
Dec. 14, 2012

Zzzzzzs the Day                
To the detriment of body and soul, we live at odds with our innermost predilections.
April 27, 2012