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Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, Eliav Lilti’s Israel: A Home Movie, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Enemy of the State

Julian Assange

Just as the Assange saga consumes too much of Alex Gibney’s film, so today’s Snowden obsession deflects attention away from our sprawling surveillance state.

Mark Boal

How did a journalist whose career was devoted to exposing injustice end up writing a film like Zero Dark Thirty?

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree (circa 1898), by Mary Cassatt

In her printmaking the artist searched for a constantly elusive vision.

White wigs, black masks: Camover swag in Germany

The cameras no longer look at us because we’re famous; we’re famous because they look at us to death.

photo of Hitler and Albert Speer

Why is Léon Krier defending anew the work of the Third Reich’s master builder?

photo of Janet Malcolm

The war between democracy and aristocracy in Janet Malcolm’s Forty-One False Starts.

klawans flappers and philosophers

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight

Blogs

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014