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The World War II Memorial, National Mall, October 2, 2013, in Washington, DC

The Great Chastening

For Francis Fukuyama and John Dunn, our democratic crisis is the result of an intellectual failure.

by Thomas Meaney

The categorical imperative “Do Not Draw the Prophet” clashes with the thousand nuances of art.
Posted Mar 3 2015 - 9:53pm
The poems and a new biography of James Laughlin tells of his public success as a publisher and his private disappointments.
Posted Mar 3 2015 - 9:52pm
Jean-Luc Godard is still brooding on the end of cinema while imagining its future incarnation.
Posted Feb 24 2015 - 10:04pm



Kite from a Sumpango Sacatepequez Day of the Dead festival in Guatemala in 2007

How the discovery of police archives has altered the memory of political atrocities in Guatemala.

K. Anis Ahmed

K. Anis Ahmed’s stringent tales of life in the sprawling capital of Bangladesh.

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner and the novel of detachment

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

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.

Seth Rogen (right) hawking The Interview at its premiere, December 11, 2014
January 6, 2015 - 9:15 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The bogus moral outrage over The Interview.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Israeli military police, 1948

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

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.