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

Cordae’s “From A Bird’s Ever View” Debuts With 20K Sales

Cordae’s first week numbers are a little underwhelming. The build-up to Cordae’s sophomore album was plentiful. With lead singles, a YouTube documentary series, a U.S. tour announcement and other promotional tactics, fans were thrilled to finally receive the album. From A Bird’s Eye View released on Jan. 14, with a stellar feature roster of Gunna, Freddie … Read more

Kanye West Spent Over $400,000 On 1-Of-1 Custom Luxury Mercedes-Benz Minivan

Ye’s dad-mobile is a pretty major flex and even has TVs that are big enough for a living room. To the dad mobile! According to TMZ, Kanye West dished out a pretty hefty stack of cash for the new vehicle he’s been seen whipping around Los Angeles in lately. Instead of sticking to his usual … Read more

Neve Campbell Reacts To Being Referenced On The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM”

Neve Campbell says she only recognized The Weeknd as “the guy who played at the Super Bowl.” Neve Campbell says she didn’t realize who The Weeknd was when her publicist told her that she was mentioned in the lyrics for Dawn FM. The star of Scream discussed the shoutout during a recent interview on The Late Late … Read more

Gunna Reveals Why His Drake-Assisted Track, “P Power,” Was Left Off “DS4EVER”

Gunna has explained why “P power” was left off his recent album, “DS4EVER.” Gunna says that an issue with clearing a sample that was originally included on “P power” caused him to leave it off of DS4EVER entirely. The song, which features Drake, was released a week after the album hit streaming services. “I originally sampled Donna Summer,” … Read more

“I’ve Seen Mothers Bring Their Daughters Backstage”

They were close collaborators who treated one another as siblings, and Price is sharing what she experienced with R. Kelly. She’s worked with R. Kelly and even considered him to be like a sibling, and like many others, Kelly Price has come forward with her memories of the disgraced singer. Kelly is currently incarcerated as … Read more

NBA YoungBoy Threatens His Opps With Lul Tim Name-Drop

YoungBoy Never Broke Again name-drops King Von’s suspected killer, Lul Tim, multiple times on his new mixtape. Timothy Leeks, also known as Lul Tim, became infamous following the death of Chicago rapper King Von. Leeks was allegedly the person who pulled the trigger on Von after getting into an altercation with rapper Quando Rondo. Quando … Read more

Master P Answers Wack 100’s “Broke” Allegations

Master P addressed Wack 100’s comments about Nick Cannon having more money than him. Master P has some choice words for Wack 100, who was recently heard on Clubhouse making claims suggesting that Master P can’t possibly give Nick Cannon financial advice when Cannon makes more money than the New Orleans mogul. If you didn’t know, … 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