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Hilary Mantel

The Old Consciousness

Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.

by Leo Robson

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.
Posted Apr 21 2015 - 8:28pm
In Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom, the Underground Railroad is a network of dignity and defiance.
Posted Apr 21 2015 - 8:32pm
Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.
Posted Apr 14 2015 - 7:52pm



Philip Glass, New York, in the early 1970s

Warm and unaffected, Philip Glass’s memoir is nothing like his music.

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande argues that physicians should focus care on the good life—including its very end.

Tower of Babel

Translation is not the art of failure but the art of the possible.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Lucious and Snoop from the season finale of Empire
April 8, 2015 - 10:20 AM ET
Joshua Clover

The music of Empire is the theology of capitalism.

March 24, 2015 - 12:00 AM ET
Joshua Clover

Snowpiercer mocks what The Lego Movie cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.

A shot from Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl, by Danny Cooke
February 10, 2015 - 8:39 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Danny Cooke’s Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl summons a lost history of familiar and alien dreams.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Nell Zink

In Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper, biology fails to determine anything at all.

Israeli military police, 1948

Khirbet Khizeh is a study in ambiguity of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.