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Finn Brunton

How did something as trivial as spam end up on the forefront of cyberwar?

Untitled (1994), by Christopher Wool

Do our financial wizards, like vampires, leave no reflection in the mirror of art?

Equitable Building, Manhattan

Real estate has become an extractive industry, mining the air for property.

Mark Morris leads audience members in a sing-along at the Ojai Music Festival

How a choreographer’s love for the basic truths of the body has remained uncompromising.

John Gray

Does John Gray counsel anything more than avoidance of the ideological excesses he scorns?

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Primo Levi

Seeing not a person but a thing was the crime of crimes for Primo Levi.

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Blogs

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

The piece drew hard questions because of the choice of the (allegedly biased) reviewer.

May 28, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014

Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014