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Francisco Franco (1892-1975)

To what extent does Franco’s rule still dictate contemporary Spanish culture?

In 1924, Lidia Ivanova, George Balanchine’s “lost muse,” disappeared on the eve of their company’s first European tour. Was her death an accident?

(Photo by Henri Zerdoun, courtesy of The New Press)

For decades, first at Pantheon and then at the New Press, he was a lion of progressive publishing.

Kennedys arrive at Dallas November 22, 1963

Kennedy’s presidency and assassination seem more elusive as the decades pass.

Finn Brunton

How did something as trivial as spam end up on the forefront of cyberwar?

Untitled (1994), by Christopher Wool

Do our financial wizards, like vampires, leave no reflection in the mirror of art?

Equitable Building, Manhattan

Real estate has become an extractive industry, mining the air for property.

Mark Morris leads audience members in a sing-along at the Ojai Music Festival

How a choreographer’s love for the basic truths of the body has remained uncompromising.

John Gray

Does John Gray counsel anything more than avoidance of the ideological excesses he scorns?

Blogs

A centennial tribute to the man whose influence has been as profoundly felt as that of any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 13, 2012

Funnily enough, not all comedians are defending Daniel Tosh’s rape jokes.

July 12, 2012

Woody Guthrie's influence was as profoundly felt as any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 11, 2012

There’s a new Disney exhibit at the Reagan library. But what are drawings of Bambi and Cinderella doing in the National Archives?

July 9, 2012

Twitter brings you the the best Republican songs you've never heard of. 

July 9, 2012

Chelsea Green employees celebrated July 4th this year, not only independent but as brand-new employee-owners of their company.

July 4, 2012

 Eric on Heart and Paul Simon and Reed on the absurdity of the anger surrounding leaks.

June 15, 2012

The Mormon Church is a corporation, says author and essayist Terry Tempest Williams, and there is reason to fear a Romney presidency....

May 27, 2012

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

For women in politics, sexuality is often a liability. Will two new shows break the mold?

May 22, 2012