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on May 19, 2014 - 17:41 PM ET
Ohio State

“Congratulations, Class of 2014, you’re totally screwed”—that was the graduation message offered this season by Thomas Frank, Salon columnist and author of Pity the Billionaire. The average student-loan borrower graduating in 2014 is $33,000 in debt,...

Higher Education, Inequality
on May 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM ET
Nixon Library

August 8 will be the fortieth anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. That’s a good target date for the long-overdue appointment of a new director of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.

The library has been without a director for two and a half years, ever since the departure of Timothy Naftali in 2011. He presided over the installation of the new, historically accurate Watergate exhibit—his number-one duty after the Nixon Foundation agreed...

War and Peace, Political Figures
on May 1, 2014 - 06:00 AM ET
Immigration boycott day

For more than a century, May 1 has been celebrated as International Workers’ Day. It’s a national holiday in more than eighty countries. But here in the land of the free, May 1 has been officially declared “Loyalty Day” by President Obama. It’s a day “for the reaffirmation of loyalty”—not to the international working class, but to the United States of America.

Obama isn’t the first president to declare May 1...

US Politics, Labor, Immigration
on Apr 22, 2014 - 00:00 AM ET
Great Barrier Reef

Elizabeth Kolbert is a New Yorker staff writer; her new book is The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Jon Wiener: Your work on species extinction began with a report on a poisonous frog in Panama.

Elizabeth Kolbert: Yes, the Panamanian golden frog. It’s New...

Climate Change, Environment
on Apr 7, 2014 - 16:30 PM ET
Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney, who died April 6, had many fans, including 10-year-old Gore Vidal. “What I really wanted to be,” Vidal wrote in his memoir Point to Point Navigation, “was a movie star: specifically, I wanted to be Mickey Rooney.” The inspiration? Not the “Hey kids, let’s put on a show” musicals Rooney made for MGM with Judy Garland—it was his role as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Max...

Lived History, Film
on Apr 7, 2014 - 14:58 PM ET
Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen, the legendary writer who died April 5, had one of his most important books withdrawn from publication for seven years as a result of attacks by government officials and the cowardice of his publisher, Viking Penguin. 

It's a story overlooked in many of the obits. Published in 1983, In The Spirit of Crazy Horse provided a passionate and solidly documented account of the events that culminated in a 1975 gun battle on the Pine...

Books and Ideas, Lawsuits