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LBJ

How the call to empathy helped mobilize a nation.

Untitled (prisoner #389 of the Khmer Rouge), by Nhem Ein, 1975–79

The Brooklyn Museum’s massive show of war photography is a wasted opportunity.

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s Collected Poems.

The Prager Zeile in Dresden, inspired by Le Corbusier's "unités d'habitation."

Do “smart” urban automation projects have more in common with Jane Jacobs or Le Corbusier?

The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.

Fiorello LaGuardia

Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.

Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux playing the tambourine in Treme

Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.

“The way Hope builds his House,” inscribed on an envelope, circa 1879

How was Emily Dickinson able to be frugal and fruitful in her art?

Blogs

Penguin’s withdrawing and pulping The Hindus: An Alternative History is only the latest in a series of surrenders.

February 14, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews. 

January 27, 2014

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014