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An aisle in a virtual reality Tesco supermarket

How Americans have become tyrannized by the culture’s overinvestment in choice.

Frank Capra

Why World War II offered Hollywood directors an escape into reality.

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Charles Krauthammer

Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies.

Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village as seen from the air over the East River, N

The amount of affordable housing in New York City is shrinking, and Mayor de Blasio’s development plans might not reverse the trend.

With its lack of art and absence of thought, the blockbuster Norwegian novel disappoints.

Lydia Davis

Because nobody else thinks like her.

Works Progress Administration poster from the 1930s

Democracy was once a comforting fiction. Has it become an uninhabitable one?

Jamie Cohen-Cole

It’s one of the most ticklish questions of liberal philosophy.

Blogs

An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

December 13, 2013

The author of "Why I Make Terrible Decisions" discovers the dark side of Internet fame.

December 11, 2013

The danger to orcas—and humans.

December 11, 2013

Proust, a reviewer wrote in 1921, “may not be what his hero set out to be in his childhood, the greatest writer in the world, but he is one of those.”

December 7, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

Eric on coffee table books and Reed on the problem with centrism-for-centrism's-sake.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013