Religion and Belief

Essay: Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ Into a Blessing

Four new literary works revisit African history, refiguring age-old maledictions as a birthright, a special form of insight, a superpower, a redemption. Julian Lucas explains.

Seven Comic Books for This Season (and the Next)

Some new graphic novels and comics nod to holidays past and those to come. Let the new tales — and some classics — unfold.

A Good Year for Younger Artists, Immigrant Citizens and Outrage

Museums are tightening borders, too. Where are the big shows of art from Africa, Asia, South America? The United States and Europe dominate.