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Thomas Piketty

What Was Socialism?

Thomas Piketty and millennial Marxists on the scourge of inequality.

by Timothy Shenk

How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.
Posted Apr 8 2014 - 6:34pm
When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.
Posted Apr 8 2014 - 6:31pm
Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest ode to titillation and traps.
Posted Apr 8 2014 - 6:29pm



Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Interventionist Demonstration, 1914, by Carlo Carrà

The Guggenheim’s Futurism exhibition and the Whitney Biennial offer competing visions of present-mindedness.

Rendering of the proposed plan for the Domino Sugar refinery site in Bkln. NY

Inclusionary zoning laws are among the few tools left to ensure the creation of affordable housing.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

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.

Games of Thrones season four
February 18, 2014 - 9:38 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Are we all Westeros now?

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth
November 25, 2013 - 6:57 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

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.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo