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Books and the Arts

In his music and his prose, Virgil Thomson perfected a whimsically deadpan sensibility.

John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.

Architecture lets us speak of the spoken indirectly.

Ebooks - Molly Ivins

News and Analysis

Accountability for the massacre in Iraq is a start—we should also be talking about reducing reliance on private military contractors.

In a wide-ranging conversation, he discusses the surveillance state, the American political system and the price he’s paid for his understanding of patriotism.

Polls show strong support for an initiative there. And it’s on the ballot in Oregon and Alaska, too.

People who are black and poor aren’t ever allowed to be young and irresponsible.

Prison

How this country’s “tough on crime” ethos created a generation of graying inmates.

Despite her clear history of close association with the Koch brothers, Joni Ernst claims she doesn’t have any contact with outside groups running ads in her race.

Ukraine elections

The terms “pro-European” and “anti-European” no longer serve as useful reference points in Ukrainian politics—the real issue in this election was war or peace.

Under Obama, the richer are richer than ever, but Wall Street isn’t repaying the favor.

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