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Napoleon depicted as king of Italy in a painting by Andrea Appiani (1805)

Enlightened. Elitist. Undemocratic.

Has the EU followed a path first blazed by Napoleon?

by David A. Bell

Trying to bring extinct species back to life is the latest symptom of ecological anxiety.
Posted May 26 2015 - 8:29pm
Exposing the debasement of language in service to ideologies was Renata Adler’s cause.
Posted May 26 2015 - 8:26pm
The superheroine’s polygamous creator exploited the love and labor of the women who were his inspiration.
Posted May 19 2015 - 6:48pm



Billy Graham speaks on Honor America Day, July 1970

Kevin Kruse’s new book explores how “Christian America” was invented to fight FDR’s New Deal.

Per Bergqvist (right) and Solveig Andersson

On Ex Machina and Andrew Bujalski’s Results

Hannah Arendt, 1969.

Many have delighted in judging Hannah Arendt, maybe because they have feared her judgment.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Times Square news ticker, Monday, October 6, 2008.
May 5, 2015 - 9:01 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Money is sitting around in its sweatpants listlessly spooning peanut butter out of a jar.

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.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

The hipster bar Pete’s Candy Store, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

D.W. Gibson gets beyond the banter about gentrification.

Ted Sarandos of Netflix and Nicole Avant at the 87th Academy Awards.

All solutions are temporary in today’s digital market, and no successful revenue model is immune from disruption.

Darryl Pinckney.

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