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A second-century Roman theater in Bosra, Syria, once the capital of the Roman pr

Life in the Ruins

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

by Frederick Deknatel

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?
Posted Sep 23 2014 - 6:57pm
How law firms and lobbyists protect and whitewash petroleum dictatorships.
Posted Sep 23 2014 - 6:45pm
Why India’s boom years have been a bust.
Posted Sep 16 2014 - 5:31pm



Nadine Gordimer

The Nobel laureate’s short stories are her lasting legacy to the literary world.

Kjell Askildsen

In the stories of Kjell Askildsen, all that the men want is to be unseen.

Slavko Goldstein

In 1941, genocide broke out in Croatia, and we still cannot explain why.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

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.

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.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

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.

Nadifa Mohamed

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