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Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Catherine “Kitty” Genovese

How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Sophie Kennedy Clark and Stacy Martin (right) in Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest ode to titillation and traps.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Blogs

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011

On the late Daniel Bell, the very archetype of a committed liberal intellectual, and The New Republic's Marty Peretz, plus reader mail.

January 27, 2011

The president said many objectionable things in selling his tax- cut plan, but his assertions about America's history of compromising was too much to stomach.

December 8, 2010

You can get anything you want at... or can you? Tim Graham thinks not.

November 23, 2010

 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010

American culture from Saul Bellows to Janeane Garofalo to NPR.

October 14, 2010

Obama is aware of the danger of morphing into George W. Bush.

September 22, 2010