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Books and the Arts

Edward Gibbon (1773), by Henry Walton

Bonfire of the Humanities

Historians are losing their audience, and searching for the next trend won’t win it back.

by Samuel Moyn

Democracy floats on currents of change. Is it ever capable of managing them?
Posted Jan 20 2015 - 8:00pm
Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.
Posted Jan 13 2015 - 7:51pm
Eula Biss’s On Immunity is a slipshod book full of brilliant moments.
Posted Jan 13 2015 - 7:50pm



Has digital technology destroyed leisure?

The Topography of Terror, Berlin

The dense details in Berlin’s memorial museums overwhelm the stories they try to tell.

Marilynne Robinson

The novelist offers an elegant answer to the question, “What is it to be human?”

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Seth Rogen (right) hawking The Interview at its premiere, December 11, 2014
January 6, 2015 - 8:15 PM ET
Joshua Clover

The bogus moral outrage over The Interview.

Propaganda, Deed: Ferguson protesters in downtown Washington, DC, December 5
December 9, 2014 - 3:49 PM ET
Joshua Clover

A riot is a riot because it is not simply a message.

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City
October 28, 2014 - 5:57 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Insurrections of the Mind thinks insurrections ought to happen only in the mind.

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?