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Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait With Maus Mask, 1989

Art Spiegelman’s twitchy irreverence

Tulips (1995–98), by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths.

An excerpt from Victor Navasky's The O'Dell File reveals the story of the civil rights movement's 'unsung hero' who has been wrongly written out of the pages of history.

Memorial for Eric Garner

Eric Garner’s death marks a darkening mood fifty years after Freedom Summer.

David Bromwich

Does David Bromwich’s idea of a Burkean left amount to anything more than contempt for Obama?

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.

Blogs

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

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

In fact, says theater director Anne Bogart, stories can be “fascistic.”

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014