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Michael Muhammad Knight’s is not just a good book of religious scholarship, but a strange, delightful memoir

By Shiv Kotecha

In a new book, T.J. Clark scours art historical depictions of divinity for clues about our contemporary age

By Shahidha Bari

From capitalist realism to acid communism, new anthology K-Punk demonstrates the reach of the late writer’s cultural criticism

By Paul Rekret

Major new volumes by curators RoseLee Goldberg and Catherine Wood document contemporary art’s most rambunctious medium

By Isobel Harbison

Talk of the Booker Winning-novel as ‘baffling’ and ‘tough’ suggests such journalists may be more trained in the Burns-ian method than they think

By Bryony White

The US writer and filmmaker has created new paths for arts writing and critical thinking, not from wielding a cudgel but by exposing our bruises

By Jennifer Kabat

On the eve of her Guggenheim retrospective, a new book of esoteric drawings reveals the spiritualism behind Europe’s first abstract artist

By Anya Ventura

Cruel Fiction expresses hope for concrete social movements that imagine a different world than our own

By Steven Zultanski

A Nobel Prize-winning writer, a misogynist, a small-town boy with a haughty, big-city gaze: Naipaul’s life was marked by a sense of doubleness

By Cody Delistraty

A newly-published collection of the artist’s journals allows silenced voices to speak

By Patrick Langley

A mother’s death, a father’s disinterest: Jean Frémon’s semi-factual biography of the artist captures a life beyond repair

By Harry Thorne

The continued dominance of UK-US writers makes a mockery of the Man Booker’s ‘global outlook’

By Harry Thorne