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Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait With Maus Mask, 1989

The Haus of Maus

Art Spiegelman’s twitchy irreverence.

by Alisa Solomon

Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.
Posted Aug 27 2014 - 2:18pm
Marcelo Gleiser wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths.
Posted Aug 27 2014 - 2:14pm
Does David Bromwich’s idea of a Burkean left amount to anything more than contempt for Obama?
Posted Aug 12 2014 - 6:48pm



Scarlett Johansson as the title character in Luc Besson’s Lucy

How Scarlett Johansson learned to become aloof from her own seductiveness.

Alessandro Spina

“Darling, this is Alessandro Spina, who is trying to make Italians feel guilty about their colonial crimes.”

Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell

In Stories We Tell, actor turned director Sarah Polley interrogates her past, revealing that our stories are our dearest form of property.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

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.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums
April 30, 2014 - 2:41 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

Pro-EU protesters celebrate the New Year in Kiev’s Maidan, January 1, 2014.
April 2, 2014 - 11:44 AM ET
Joshua Clover

Squarepop—public squares of refusal—is the broken madness of the world stood on its head.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

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

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.