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Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover’s second edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

Man In The Middle

Philip Glass’s new opera, The Perfect American, is a mix of bluster and inspiration.

Kerry Washington

ABC’s hit show, created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington, is a truly original political soap opera.

Portrait of A.B. Yehoshua

The soul-destroying weariness in A.B. Yehoshua’s stories seems as old as time itself—and unique to contemporary Israel.

Photo of Photo Booth Metro Station Montreal, Quebec

Robert Burley’s The Disappearance of Darkness, Harvey Wang’s From Darkroom to Daylight.

Ben Affleck

The feel-good portrayal of the agency in 'Argo' glosses over its role in previously overthrowing Iran's democratically elected leader.

A worker prepares for The Oscars

The Sundance-to-Oscar pipeline has been great for independent film directors—at least the male ones.

Blogs

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

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