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Zoraster holds the celestial sphere in Raphael’s School of Athens (1509–11)

Power and Piety

Is the promotion of violence inherent to any religion?

by David Nirenberg

Orhan Pamuk might be Turkey’s most-talked-about author, but Yaşar Kemal remains its most loved.
Posted Apr 28 2015 - 8:39pm
Is the well-being of the cultural middle class the key to American creativity?
Posted Apr 28 2015 - 8:37pm
Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.
Posted Apr 21 2015 - 8:34pm



Juliette Binoche as Maria, Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

An illustration from William Still’s The Underground Railroad (1872)

In Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom, the Underground Railroad is a network of dignity and defiance.

Larry Siedentop, 2013

Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Lucious and Snoop from the season finale of Empire
April 8, 2015 - 10:20 AM ET
Joshua Clover

The music of Empire is the theology of capitalism.

March 24, 2015 - 12:00 AM ET
Joshua Clover

Snowpiercer mocks what The Lego Movie cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.

A shot from Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl, by Danny Cooke
February 10, 2015 - 8:39 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Danny Cooke’s Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl summons a lost history of familiar and alien dreams.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Ted Sarandos of Netflix and Nicole Avant at the 87th Academy Awards.

All solutions are temporary in today’s digital market, and no successful revenue model is immune from disruption.

Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Nell Zink

In Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper, biology fails to determine anything at all.