Fiction: Joe Mungo Reed’s ‘Hammer’ Review

‘The future is about the BRICs,” explains a blue-chip London auctioneer in Joe Mungo Reed’s novel “Hammer,” referring to buyers from those countries most likely to splash money on modern art: Brazil, Russia, India and China. His tutelage is for the benefit of a promising underling named Martin, and their specific person of interest is … Read more

Mysteries: Donna Leon’s ‘Give Unto Others’ Review

In “Give Unto Others,” Donna Leon’s latest procedural starring Commissario Guido Brunetti, the city of Venice is breathing a bit easier after getting past the peak of the pandemia. Venetians are once again taking pleasant walks along the canals. The city is preparing for the return of tourists. And Brunetti barely thinks twice about accepting … Read more

‘Book of Mountains & Seas’ Review: A Creative Look at Creation Myths

Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the 80 minutes of “Book of Mountains & Seas,” which had its U.S. premiere on Tuesday at St. Ann’s Warehouse, composer Huang Ruo and director-designer Basil Twist create the world and destroy it. Their materials are simple: 12 singers and two percussionists along with some lengths of silk, large pieces of driftwood-like … Read more

Russian Artists Feel a New Cultural Chill in the West

“No Looking Back” premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last weekend. It was cut from the lineup at the Cleveland International Film Festival that gets under way later this month. The movie from Russia is a black comedy about an ex-convict trying to reclaim her daughter by force. It is … Read more

NYU Shakes It Off With Taylor Swift Class

Lydia Cohen was picking classes for her last semester at New York University when she saw it: an entire class about Taylor Swift. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I need to get into this class,’ ” said Ms. Cohen, a devoted fan of the musician who listens to her songs as soon as she … Read more

NBC’s Peacock Is Finalizing Deal to Stream MLB Games in New Sunday Time Slot

NBCUniversal’s Peacock is finalizing a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive rights to stream games in a new Sunday time slot, according to people familiar with the discussions, as the league looks to increase digital partnerships. The deal with NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp. CMCSA -0.82% , would involve a package of 18 … Read more

18 Books We Read This Week

By WSJ Books Staff March 11, 2022 3:47 pm ET ‘The Greatest Invention’ Review: Where Does Writing Come From? Finding the ancient origins of written language not in the dictates of kings and priests, but in the needs of ordinary people. Review by Felipe Fernández-Armesto Read the review Three Books to Map Crypto’s Confusing New … Read more

‘Waterloo Sunrise’ Review: The High Streets and Low Lives of Swinging London

Swinging London was anointed in the mid-1960s by American journalists. In 1965, Diana Vreeland, editor of Vogue, told reporter John Crosby that London was “the most swinging city in the world at the moment.” Crosby was American, though writing at the time for an English newspaper. A year later, Time magazine repeated the phrase, and … Read more

Children’s Books: The Salve of Stories in a Time of War

Children may not be interested in war, but war is interested in them. According to United Nations officials, more than a million young people have fled Ukraine since the Russian army invaded last month. This is the sort of distressing news that understandably sends parents in search of stories to foster topical conversation. For children … Read more

Yves Saint Laurent’s New York Pied-à-Terre Hits the Market

A New York City co-op apartment owned by late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is listing for $ 1,775 million. The one-bedroom, roughly 600-square-foot unit is located at the Pierre Hotel and has sweeping views of Central Park, according to listing agent Michael Soheil of the Corcoran Group. Yves Saint-Laurent in 1983. Photo: Jean-Claude Deutsch … Read more