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Shantala Shivalingappa in Swayambhu, at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, 2010

Dancing With Shiva

Shantala Shivalingappa smolders as she dances the lives of the gods.

by Marina Harss

In Edmund Fawcett’s new history, liberalism begins with capitalism and revolution.
Posted Dec 22 2014 - 7:46pm
Joaquin Phoenix and Owen Wilson star in Inherent Vice, a delirious romp through all of man’s perversions.
Posted Dec 22 2014 - 7:40pm
Memory and revolution in Poland since 1989
Posted Dec 16 2014 - 5:31pm



Farm Landscape (c. 1970), by Albert York

The eloquent silences of Albert York and Judith Scott.

Pakistani troops in North Waziristan following an operation against the Taliban

Why does the Pakistani military pick unwinnable fights?

Emirati attendees wait in front of an image of the city’s skyline in Dubai.

Joseph O’Neill’s Dubai novel, The Dog.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

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.

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City
September 30, 2014 - 5:51 PM ET
Joshua Clover

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

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

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?

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.