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Martin J. Sklar

Vanishing Act

You’ve probably never heard of Martin J. Sklar. But you should have.

by James Livingston

For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t necessarily mean one will attain it.
Posted Oct 14 2014 - 8:02pm
The Third World collides with the First in Atticus Lish’s Preparation for the Next Life.
Posted Oct 14 2014 - 7:54pm
In the poems of Peter Gizzi, the powers of tradition meet and mingle.
Posted Oct 14 2014 - 7:48pm



Walter Kempowski on the set of A Standalone Chapter

For the German novelist Walter Kempowski, there was no single unifying experience of World War II.

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.

Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theater, 2009

Immersive theater has no real style—except to fetishize its look.

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.