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V.S. Naipaul

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

Ellar Coltrane, age 7, in Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.

Calving of an ice shelf in West Antarctica

How the rhetoric of ecoetiquette muddies writing about global warming.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Madonna and Child With Four Saints (Spedalingo Altarpiece), by Rosso Fiorentino

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.

Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis Staples perform in a church.

For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.

New Delhi, India, January 22, 2014

Why does the belief that women are safest when secluded still hold sway in India?

The Chelsea Hotel, November 18, 1983

Artists have become the shock troops of gentrification, even at the Chelsea Hotel.

Spinning gears: Toby Keith, July 6, 2013

The story of country music is not love and happiness but love and work.

Blogs

A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

A new book shows that the HIV virus was triggered by wanton imperial depredations.

February 28, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012

How does the movie The Help "photoshop" American history?

February 27, 2012

Whitney's death reminds us of a music industry that does not take care of its own.

February 13, 2012

Romney misattributed the key quote of his Florida victory speech to the pamphleteer. But that's hardly the only reason why Paine would have decried the Bain Capitalist.

February 1, 2012

In the new bio-pic, Margaret Thatcher's iron isn’t just rusty, it’s melted down into something soft and personal. The Iron Lady gives us Thatcher, the ABBA Version. It’s the last thing we need. 

January 4, 2012

Will the new president's mega-million-dollar makeover of the main library scare off scholars and leave the branches begging?

December 6, 2011

&ldquotLiberty Walk,” the one percenter teen sensation’s catchy, if repetitive, remixed single sets her music to laudatory images from OWS encampments throughout the nation.

November 29, 2011

Since every great protest movement needs its culture, here's my stab at a list of the ten best songs ever written about class and poverty in tribute to #OccupyWallStreet.

October 3, 2011