In correspondence with penpals like Emile Zola and Claude Monet, a father of modern art reveals his politics, desires, and pursuit of canvassed perfection.
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December 18: "Religion, not nationalism or Arabism, is now the dominant force. God has returned to the Middle East."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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