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Calving of an ice shelf in West Antarctica


How the rhetoric of ecoetiquette muddies writing about global warming.

by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.
Posted Jul 1 2014 - 8:47pm
For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.
Posted Jul 1 2014 - 8:43pm
Why does the belief that women are safest when secluded still hold sway in India?
Posted Jun 17 2014 - 8:23pm



The Chelsea Hotel, November 18, 1983

Artists have become the shock troops of gentrification, even at the Chelsea Hotel.

Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) in The Fault in Our Stars

A new batch of teen films deliver their blows and soften them in a single gesture.

Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company, in 1922

Censors thought it dirty and rebellious, but what makes Ulysses radical is its dramatization of the unending conflict between good and evil.

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

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.

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.