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Advertisement for “Thames Town” development, Songjiang New City, Shanghai, China

The urbanization of China and infusion of Western forms amounts to a second Cultural Revolution.

Mark Ciavarella (left) and Sandy Fonzo (center) outside a courthouse

Robert May’s Kids for Cash, Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria, Razvan Radulescu’s Child’s Pose

Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862

David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Abraham Cahan in the late 1930s

Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch’s latest call-to-arms against the privatization of public schools.

Pete Seeger

Pete’s fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many “singing tomorrows.”

Herman Melville

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

An installation view of Educational Complex (1995), by Mike Kelley

MFAs aren’t a problem: it’s artists being content with what they know.

Blogs

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014