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Nina Simone

Perhaps her real audience was not her contemporaries in the civil rights generation, but their grandchildren.

Rachel Cusk.

In Rachel Cusk’s fiction, the self is suppressed to the point of destruction.

Painting, Three Figures, by Lorna Simpson.

Islands of meaning in a morass of incoherence.

Protest at the New York Public Library, March 11, 2014.

Scott Sherman’s masterful history of the fight to save the NYPL.

Theo Bleckmann

A vocalist as playfully experimental as Albert Ayler or Ornette Coleman.

Media portrayals that reinforce negative stereotypes about social programs and the individuals helped by them sow the seeds for damaging cuts.

John Hamm as Don Draper fake-meditating in the final episode of Mad Men.

We feel something has ended but nothing has begun. Perfect harmony is a magical, effervescent bubble.

Building destroyed by a bomb made there by the Weathermen, March 6, 1970.

How an excesses of idealism and the embrace of violence harmed the American left in the 1970s.

The High Line, on the edge of gentrifying Chelsea, September 17, 2014.

A cruel economics of forced mobility is the new planning mantra of New York City.


The veteran rocker is giving Europe “a masterclass in focused protest rock that puts younger artists to shame.”

July 1, 2015

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015

Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.

June 18, 2015

In 2013, American Library Association passed a public statement in support of the former NSA contractor. Then it changed its mind. 

June 2, 2015

Sometimes the best things are the least appreciated.

June 1, 2015

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/15/15?

May 15, 2015