How Dua Lipa Stormed the Top of the Charts

We all remember what March 2020 was like. In the midst of the confusion and panic that reigned as Covid-19 started shutting down the world, Dua Lipa had to make a decision. Her second album, Future Nostalgia, was set for release in early April. The stakes were high. She had won the 2019 Grammy for … Read more

19 Books We Read This Week

By WSJ Books Staff Jan. 21, 2022 2:17 pm ET ‘Home in the World’ Review: Amartya Sen Speaks A memoir of the economist’s journey from Calcutta to Cambridge, and onto the world stage as an advocate for the downtrodden. Review by Tunku Varadarajan Read the review ‘The French Revolution’ Review: Thomas Carlyle’s Masterpiece, Complete A … Read more

Eternity and the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, May 8, 1979. Photo: Anonymous/Associated Press One morning under an ominous sky, my friend Michael texted me a video of the Grateful Dead performing “Looks Like Rain.” He was right as, well, rain. Shortly afterward, the heavens opened and a deluge fell. Sending an unsolicited musical and meteorological warning is … Read more

Fiction: ‘The Hummingbird’ by Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi won Italy’s major book award, the Strega Prize, in 2006 for his powerful novel “Quiet Chaos,” about the existential grappling of a newly widowed father, and he won again in 2020 for “The Hummingbird,” which now appears in English courtesy of translator Elena Pala. Mr. Veronesi is clearly on to something, as far … Read more

‘Seasons of Purgatory’ Review: An Iranian Writer’s Art in Exile

Sometimes we never see the wrongs that blight our lives. Or else we glimpse them once—before the end. In Shahriar Mandanipour’s story “Mummy and Honey,” a viper slips into a house in mourning. It takes up residence, at first “gently coiled around the bitter orange tree.” Grandfather, ruler of the family, has passed. Now Father … Read more

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Encourages Children to Help Others in New Kids’ Book

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s new children’s book, called “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” will be released early next week, telling the story of a neighborhood where people help each other. The book was inspired by Ms. Sotomayor’s “own family’s desire to help others,” according to a publisher’s description of the book, … Read more

The Theodore Roosevelt Statue has been removed from the New York Museum of Natural History

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stood in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for decades was removed, the result of years of debate over a monument that, according to critics, glorified colonialism. A crane lifted the bronze portion of the statue up from the museum’s Central Park West … Read more

‘Dream-Child’ Review: Madness, Poetry and Dinner With the Lambs

For much of his literary life, Charles Lamb was a jack of all trades and a master of none. He wrote poetry like his Romantic contemporaries and good friends Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth though his verse was of a lesser caliber. He produced a sentimental novel that underwhelmed and a farcical play that … Read more

How ‘Encanto’s’ ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Became Bigger Than ‘Let It Go’

They may be crooning about the clairvoyant Colombian animated character in Bulgarian, Norwegian, Vietnamese or one of more than 40 other languages. The song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s movie “Encanto,” is known as “Don’t Mention Bruno” in Russian, “Secret Bruno” in Japanese and “Just Not a Word About Bruno” in German. “Bruno” … Read more

Who Will Be ‘Jeopardy!’ Host? Who Cares? The Show Is Having a Great Season

“Jeopardy!” hit disaster last year when its host search turned into a sideshow. There is still no permanent host, but the game show is on a hot streak in its 38th season. A historic series of winning runs this season has produced three super champions with at least 10 victories in a row. Reigning champ … Read more

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