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Blessed with a great subject, afflicted with it too, J.M. Coetzee has remade its meanings in the light of metaphor often no further from us than our own bodies.

Many years ago, when I was about the age that V.S. Naipaul was when he departed Trinidad for England, I would borrow books by him from the library of an erstwhile colonial club in Kuala Lumpur.

Natural Capitalism is so informative and provocative--and so unfashionably optimistic about the future of the planet--that I wonder why everyone in public life is not reading it and arguin

Robert Scheer was the last journalist to interview Robert Kennedy.

The recent march in Columbia, South Carolina, demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop the state Capitol is the latest episode in a long-running debate over the legacy of sl

Critics predicted the death of literature for much of the twentieth century, but at the dawn of the Internet age, the mantra is becoming conventional wisdom.

Lionel Trilling once commented that "if ever we want to remind ourselves of the nature and power of art, we have only to think of how accurate reactionary governments are in their awareness of th

As you may have heard once or twice, we have a little Senate race going here in New York.

For thirty years, since the publication of Silent Spring and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the growth of the environmental movement has been fueled with sorrow for the decimation o

After thirty years spent building the Federation of American Scientists into one of the country's most valuable and venerable institutional voices for peace, democracy and real security, Jeremy S

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October 28, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

New novels, poetry and short-story collections from up-and-coming and established writers of color.

September 24, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

Baldwin published his first piece in The Nation, and for many years thereafter continued to attack a system he thought as close to anarchy as to martial law.

August 10, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013