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Onnig Kardash at the April 24 Armenian Genocide Commemoration, 1967

“With This Madness What Art Could There Be?”

An Armenian-American writer asks if the Armenian obsession with genocide recognition is worth its emotional and psychological price.

by Meline Toumani

With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.
Posted Oct 21 2014 - 4:56pm
Awakening a sense of wonder and flooding a cinema with crucial realities.
Posted Oct 21 2014 - 4:45pm
You’ve probably never heard of Martin J. Sklar. But you should have.
Posted Oct 14 2014 - 8:06pm



Rian Malan

For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t necessarily mean one will attain it.

Atticus Lish

The Third World collides with the First in Atticus Lish’s Preparation for the Next Life.

In the poems of Peter Gizzi, the powers of tradition meet and mingle.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City
September 30, 2014 - 6:51 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15, 2014
September 3, 2014 - 1:43 PM ET
Joshua Clover

How “Fuck the Police” came to narrate the town’s humiliations and violations.

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.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

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?

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.