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Eric Hobsbawm

Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.

No Man's Land Near Lens, France

Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Harper Library, University of Chicago

Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

Blogs

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

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013