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Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theater, 2009

Immersive theater has no real style—except to fetishize its look.

President Macky Sall of Senegal and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang last February

How Africa and China’s own borderlands became the center of Beijing’s new empire.

Duncan Wu (left) and Carolyn Forché

By privileging historical catastrophe, a new poetry anthology narrows the definition of art.

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City

Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.

A former public school teacher and union organizer picks his favorites.

A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

A still from Infiltrators (2012), by Khaled Jarrar

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

Cofán women near a pool of oil in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, 2005.

How law firms and lobbyists protect and whitewash petroleum dictatorships.

Children in Varanasi, India, wearing masks of Narendra Modi, April 24, 2014

Why India’s boom years have been a bust.

Blogs

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

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

September 24, 2014

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014