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Scarlett Johansson as the title character in Luc Besson’s Lucy

How Scarlett Johansson learned to become aloof from her own seductiveness.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Smoking Gun cover

Watergate itself is “smoking gun” proof of that old axiom about the corruption of power.

Alessandro Spina

“Darling, this is Alessandro Spina, who is trying to make Italians feel guilty about their colonial crimes.”

Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell

In Stories We Tell, actor turned director Sarah Polley interrogates her past, revealing that our stories are our dearest form of property.

Micro-apartments have become trendy in planning circles, but their austerity is just another limit on the aspirations of the poor.

Robert Ames in his trademark tinted aviators

In The Good Spy, Kai Bird documents the life of CIA agent Robert Ames, a sincere and unlikely mediator in the Middle East.

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

Blogs

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

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