Jan 312009
Roberto Bolaño and the Half-Hearted Hoax

Does it matter that posthumous literary darling Roberto Bolaño fibbed about his past? by Tommy Wallach, World Books contributor My World Books review of “2666″ A couple days ago, “The New York Times” published an article suggesting that Chilean novelist [...]

Jan 172009
The Arts and the Brain: A Healing Relationship

by Bill Marx Brain Snuggles with Violin at The World’s Studio In my latest World Books podcast, which includes video coverage, I examine evolving international views of the relationship between neuroscience and the arts, with a special emphasis on the [...]

Jan 042009
The Arts in Eastern Europe and the Best in Translation

By Bill Marx First, I want to mention a couple of volumes that I unaccountably left off my World Books 2008 round-up of the best fiction and non-fiction candidates. No, it is not another salute to the current international fiction [...]

Jan 032009
Visual Arts: L’art, c’est moi

by Gary Schwartz A few months ago a good friend, someone whose judgment I could not respect more highly, asked me to help convince the Rijksmuseum not to give Damien Hirst the run of the place with his exhibition “For [...]