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Virgil, with a volume of the Aeneid, flanked by Clio (left) and Melpomene

Latin Lives

Is the revival of a dead language breathing new life into the humanities?

by Anthony Grafton

MoMA’s “Forever Now” trumpets art with a shallow sense of tradition.
Posted Jan 26 2015 - 5:18pm
Reconsidering how the Middle East was transformed by World War I.
Posted Jan 26 2015 - 5:15pm
Historians are losing their audience, and searching for the next trend won’t win it back.
Posted Jan 20 2015 - 8:02pm



President John F. Kennedy announces a US blockade of Cuba, October 22, 1962

Democracy floats on currents of change. Is it ever capable of managing them?

Ricardo Darín (left) as Simón in Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.

Eula Biss

Eula Biss’s On Immunity is a slipshod book full of brilliant moments.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Seth Rogen (right) hawking The Interview at its premiere, December 11, 2014
January 6, 2015 - 8:15 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The bogus moral outrage over The Interview.

Propaganda, Deed: Ferguson protesters in downtown Washington, DC, December 5
December 9, 2014 - 3:49 PM ET
Joshua Clover

A riot is a riot because it is not simply a message.

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City
October 28, 2014 - 5:57 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Insurrections of the Mind thinks insurrections ought to happen only in the mind.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?