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Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) in The Fault in Our Stars

A new batch of teen films deliver their blows and soften them in a single gesture.

Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company, in 1922

Censors thought it dirty and rebellious, but what makes Ulysses radical is its dramatization of the unending conflict between good and evil.

An aisle in a virtual reality Tesco supermarket

How Americans have become tyrannized by the culture’s overinvestment in choice.

Frank Capra

Why World War II offered Hollywood directors an escape into reality.

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Charles Krauthammer

Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies.

Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village as seen from the air over the East River, N

The amount of affordable housing in New York City is shrinking, and Mayor de Blasio’s development plans might not reverse the trend.

With its lack of art and absence of thought, the blockbuster Norwegian novel disappoints.

Lydia Davis

Because nobody else thinks like her.

Works Progress Administration poster from the 1930s

Democracy was once a comforting fiction. Has it become an uninhabitable one?

Blogs

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A conversation with election law expert Richard Hasen on the true scope of voter fraud, the power of the ACORN myth and John Roberts’s scary interest in the Voting Rights Act.

 

August 17, 2012

Stephen Colbert took Hayes to task on his show, holding up Hayes's book Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.

August 6, 2012

If you’re under the false impression that the world is falling into utter moral disrepair, turn your eyes toward Pompeii.

July 26, 2012

McGovern has always practiced a politics that runs deeper; a politics rooted in his love of America’s history, its literature and its possibility.

July 19, 2012

There’s a new Disney exhibit at the Reagan library. But what are drawings of Bambi and Cinderella doing in the National Archives?

July 9, 2012

The Mormon Church is a corporation, says author and essayist Terry Tempest Williams, and there is reason to fear a Romney presidency....

May 27, 2012

230,000 long-term unemployed workers lost their benefits on Sunday and the system is about to get a whole lot worse.

May 18, 2012

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012