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A page from a Kempter Calender belonging to W.G. Sebald’s grandfather

W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country.

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez’s vision of racial mixing as New World destiny.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

A scene from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor

Why a production of Prince Igor was a missed opportunity to call a truce between opera and dance.

John Banville, alias Benjamin Black

The only mystery about The Black-Eyed Blonde is when publishing derivative works became original.

E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain

Untitled (2005), by Ed Clark

Ed Clark and Lynda Benglis are still making art on a grand scale.

Gabriel García Márquez

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

Blogs

"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

The substance and tone of Nation articles on Marxism have tended to shift with the larger political, cultural and economic tides.

April 18, 2014

How the cowardice of Viking Penguin kept the author’s In The Spirit of Crazy Horse out of print for seven years

April 7, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s ambitious, lucid Capital in the Twenty-First Century explains the depth and scope of our inequality problem.

March 14, 2014