The New York Times - Arts By the Book: Tracy K. Smith: By the Book 2018-03-20T17:04:51.000000000+00:00 Tracy K. Smith, the poet laureate and author of the forthcoming “Wade in the Water,” wrote a college application essay about Thoreau: “I was an aspiring Transcendentalist from a young age.” Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano to Star in ‘True West’ on Broadway 2018-03-20T17:03:37.000000000+00:00 Roundabout Theater Company announced Tuesday that its new production of “True West” will begin previews in December at the American Airlines Theater. Nonfiction: Why ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different’ for the Transgender Community 2018-03-20T16:36:41.000000000+00:00 A memoir by Sarah McBride, the first openly trans person to speak at a major party convention, details her life’s battles both public and private. At Work in Merce Cunningham’s Playhouse 2018-03-20T16:29:43.000000000+00:00 Dancers from the Stephen Petronio Company are learning Cunningham’s “Signals” — and learning that a sense of play is essential to it. Nonfiction: Portraits of ‘Brazen’ Women Who Lived as They Wanted 2018-03-20T16:18:45.000000000+00:00 Pénélope Bagieu, the French graphic novelist, has created a visual tribute to 29 women who broke the mold. Review: ‘Distant Observer’ Shifts Shape as Authors Take Turns 2018-03-20T15:45:21.000000000+00:00 Reality and identity are mutable things in “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence,” by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun, at La MaMa. Judd Apatow Puts Garry Shandling Under the Microscope 2018-03-20T15:41:27.000000000+00:00 Mr. Shandling, the influential comedian who died in 2016, gets his due in a sprawling new HBO documentary. Roxanne Finally Gets Her Revenge, 3 Decades After Her Hit Single 2018-03-20T15:32:49.000000000+00:00 Roxanne Shanté was among the first solo female rappers when she made “Roxanne’s Revenge” in 1984. Her stymied career is now the subject of a biopic. Street Style: SXSW 2018-03-20T14:41:35.000000000+00:00 From street to stage, the artists who performed at the South by Southwest Music festival showed off their fashion sense (and nonsense). Will James Comey’s Book Be the Next ‘Fire and Fury’? 2018-03-20T14:27:18.000000000+00:00 The book surged to No. 1 on Amazon over the weekend.