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Hasan Minhaj and Reese Witherspoon in "The Morning Show."

In season 2, the messy ‘Morning Show’ is still worth watching

The writers seem unsure about what to do with the massive, glamor-crammed world they created.

T.I., left, and Tiny.

T.I. and Tiny will not be charged in Los Angeles sexual assault investigation

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to pursue criminal charges against rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka Cottle Harris, following an investigation into whether the couple drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2005, citing the statute of limitations, according to a document from the district attorney’s office.

BOOK REVIEW

Nathaniel Philbrick takes a road trip with President Washington

It was a cold wintry day in Holliston when Nathaniel Philbrick climbed atop the lower edge of the Balancing Rock, a precariously perched “ancient, lichen-covered boulder” in Middlesex County. He attempted, as George Washington had exactly 230 years earlier, to push it off its mount. He pushed, but the rock didn’t move.

BIBLIOPHILES
Author Jess Walter.

Jess Walter on trying not to hoard beloved books

The author works in his hometown of Spokane, Washington, far from the literary hotbed of the East Coast, but that has had no apparent drag on his career. Not only has he won a long list of awards but his last two novels “The Cold Millions” and “Beautiful Ruins” have been bestsellers. He talked with us about what he's reading.

THEATER REVIEW
A path in the Arnold Arboretum invites exploration.

ART’s ‘The Arboretum Experience’ is the balm

The mix of meditation and movement, audio plays, pop-up performances, and park explorations offers a sense of healing for times like these.

Jason Isbell is happy to be back on the road, where, he says, even Mondays feel like Saturdays.

Jason Isbell on songcraft, Scorsese, and staying safe

The acclaimed singer-songwriter has emerged from lockdown for a tour that comes to the Wang Theatre.

Jay Pharoah performs at the Wilbur Sept. 17.

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

TELEVISION REVIEW
Muhammad Ali, still known as Cassius Clay, reacts to winning the world heavyweight boxing championship over Sonny Liston, on Feb. 25, 1964.

An ode to The Greatest

A four-part PBS documentary, codirected by Ken Burns, looks at the life and times of the incomparable Muhammad Ali.


BOOK REVIEW
Author Ruth Ozeki.

Falling apart and finding one’s self

Ruth Ozeki’s 2013 novel “A Tale for the Time Being” established her as a bold and empathetic writer with an interest in big questions and a flair for formal inventiveness. Eight years later, we have “The Book of Form and Emptiness,” a similarly ambitious and ingenious novel that presents a stinging exploration of grief, a reflection on our relationship to objects, a potent testament to the importance of reading, writing, and books.

BOOK REVIEW

A father, a son, a dying planet in ‘Bewilderment’

Climate distress — particularly among the young — is what spurred Richard Powers, one of America’s most ambitious and imaginative novelists, to write his 14th and latest work. In a year of unprecedented worldwide drought, fire, and flooding, it couldn’t be timelier.

New England Literary News
From "Designing Motherhood": Retired Atlanta-based social worker Sharon Wood holding a pro-choice pin and patch which she last wore in 1973.

A new design book, the letters between Helen Keller and a Boston editor, and news that the Boston Book Festival has gone virtual

Each week, we bring you news of a literary note from around the region.

Alisa Amador describes her new EP, “Narratives,” as a “six-song survival kit.”

These are Alisa Amador’s fight songs

The bilingual Cambridge singer-songwriter talks about the ideas — and anger — that shaped her new EP, "Narratives."

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

The art of writing about the human heart

Bill Schutt’s first two nonfiction books were about vampire bats and cannibalism. For his third, both his agent and editor urged him to find something more mainstream.

BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ending Sept. 12

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

BOOKINGS

Virtual author readings for Sept. 19-25

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.

ART
"Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory" at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Sculptor Raúl de Nieves fuses memory, myth, and Mexican tradition in ‘Treasure House’ at ICA

“The Treasure House of Memory,” the sparkly, candy-colored mini-survey of Raúl de Nieves’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, balances on the knife’s edge between dark and light, pleasure and pain.