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Catherine “Kitty” Genovese

How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Sophie Kennedy Clark and Stacy Martin (right) in Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest ode to titillation and traps.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Interventionist Demonstration, 1914, by Carlo Carrà

The Guggenheim’s Futurism exhibition and the Whitney Biennial offer competing visions of present-mindedness.

Pro-EU protesters celebrate the New Year in Kiev’s Maidan, January 1, 2014.

Squarepop—public squares of refusal—is the broken madness of the world stood on its head.

Blogs

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

The 27-year-old director of the film adaptation of Oscar Grant’s shooting talked to me about the obstacles facing young black men in America today.

July 18, 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

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 3, 2013

Sofia Coppola’s new movie doesn’t move its audience to question these celebrity-obsessed thieves—and it should.

June 25, 2013

The current production of Sontag:Reborn only begins to portray the complicated relationship between Susan Sontag and The Nation.

June 22, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is great! Does it matter that its appeal depends on being a Whedon nerd?

June 14, 2013

Wayne Miller, a photographer who took controversial, long-suppressed photos in Hiroshima, dies at age 94.

May 28, 2013

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

May 18, 2013

The think tank has long since compromised its intellectual integrity, yet the media continue to trumpet flawed reports like the latest one on immigration reform.

May 10, 2013