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Art — May 31, 2013, 8:00 am

Painting Transport, Shenzhen

Men carry a painting in Shenzhen’s Dafen neighborhood. Dafen’s artists produce original works as well as millions of inexpensive reproductions, which are sold to hotels around the world. Photograph © Tomas van Houtryve/VII, whose work from Shenzhen accompanied “Instant City,” by Nicolai Ouroussoff, in the June 2013 issue.

Honors — May 30, 2013, 8:00 am

“The Old Dictionary,” by Lydia Davis, Winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize

Our congratulations to Lydia Davis, who last week was awarded the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Read Davis’s “The Old Dictionary” here.

Harper's Finest — May 29, 2013, 3:57 pm

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi’s “Byzantium” (2012)

Celebrate (or lament) the 460th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks by reading a brief history of the end of time according to the differing accounts of various parties.

Art — May 29, 2013, 8:00 am

Grand Central: Inside/Outside

Grand Central: Inside/Outside, a mixed-media work on paper by Olive Ayhens, was featured in the Readings section of our June issue. It was selected by New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority as part of its Arts for Transit and Urban Design program, and will be on view as a poster in subways and train stations throughout the city.

Weekly Review — May 28, 2013, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Obama calls for an end to the “war on terror,” tensions grow in Europe, and a Filipino with forty-one names

Six Questions — May 24, 2013, 8:00 am

The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village

Anna Badkhen on life in rural Afghanistan and the friction between violence and beauty

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