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Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

How music plagiarism ruined a composer’s career and literally drove him mad.

In Israel, an architectural competition and its winner have been sabotaged by the bad faith of its sponsors.

Mira Nair, Terrence Malick, Derek Cinfrance, Brian Helgeland

Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Derek Cinfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, Brian Helgeland’s 42

The current renovation plan is too costly and will ruin the landmark 42nd Street building. A reasonable compromise is still on the table.

Civilians in an air-raid shelter, Minorca, December 1938, photography, politics

Is it possible to create an intellectually aware, politically honest image?

Pennsylvania Station, photographed by Cervin Robinson in 1962, architecture

How an architecture critic made New York City her touchstone for discussions of public space.

The New Museum tries to explain why the city's art scene changed in 1993.

People Behind Bars, by Roman Vishniac, photographed at the Berlin Zoo in the ear

How a photographer’s images of Jews were liberated from the lachrymose history he imposed upon them.

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Singing against apartheid and for Tibetan freedom, working with Amnesty International and standing with Occupy Wall Street, he was an artist who spoke up and showed up.

October 27, 2013

The American songwriter is just one of many who have interpreted Beethoven's beloved Ode to Joy. 

October 27, 2013

Now, that's what we call circular.

October 22, 2013

On the occasion of Showtime’s new miniseries, reflections on how the world changed when women learned to demand men give them orgasms.

October 7, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States will be rereleased this month on DVD; it tells a different story than the school textbooks we're used to.

October 1, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The news-leaking website, in possession of a leaked script, offers rebuttals to the film that dramatizes Julian Assange's relationship with former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. 

September 22, 2013

It took years, but I eventually came to terms with loving the idea of NYC more than the city itself. 

September 18, 2013

The Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

September 13, 2013