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Books and the Arts

V.S. Naipaul

Writers or Missionaries?

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

by Adam Shatz

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.
Posted Jul 15 2014 - 6:09pm
How the rhetoric of ecoetiquette muddies writing about global warming.
Posted Jul 1 2014 - 8:54pm
Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.
Posted Jul 1 2014 - 8:47pm



Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis Staples perform in a church.

For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.

New Delhi, India, January 22, 2014

Why does the belief that women are safest when secluded still hold sway in India?

The Chelsea Hotel, November 18, 1983

Artists have become the shock troops of gentrification, even at the Chelsea Hotel.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Spinning gears: Toby Keith, July 6, 2013
June 17, 2014 - 8:07 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The story of country music is not love and happiness but love and work.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums
April 30, 2014 - 2:41 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

Pro-EU protesters celebrate the New Year in Kiev’s Maidan, January 1, 2014.
April 2, 2014 - 11:44 AM ET
Joshua Clover

Squarepop—public squares of refusal—is the broken madness of the world stood on its head.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.