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Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Lucien Jaume’s Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty.

A scene from Gravity

Gravity and the three-dimensional tears of Sandra Bullock.

A blueprint for the Barack Obama presidential library.

A Glyph (2013) by Carol Bove at the High Line in New York City

Sculpture as a study in disintegration.

The Hitsville USA building in Detroit

When it comes to protest, are pop songs smarter than us, knowing what they can and cannot do?

Blogs

The danger to orcas—and humans.

December 11, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013

The actor and MSNBC host has a history of unhinged homophobia. So why does he keep getting a pass?

November 15, 2013

The late rocker and Velvet Undergound frontman gave a posthumous performance at the Lincoln Center. 

November 15, 2013

The New Public offers a powerful look at poverty’s impact on education.

November 11, 2013

Remembering Lou Reed.

October 30, 2013

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