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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?

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Primo Levi

Seeing not a person but a thing was the crime of crimes for Primo Levi.

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Hilton Als

Auntie man? Black writer? Negress? In The Women, Hilton Als is Hilton Als.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A visitor at an exhibit marking the twentieth anniversary of the events of Octob

The life and work of Victor Serge represents the Russian democratic revolution that never was.

Blogs

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014

Watch his acceptance speech for the Courage and Conscience award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 

May 22, 2014

He’d been Pynchon-like until then but somehow I coaxed him, via snail mail, into his first major interview, for my magazine, Crawdaddy, in 1977.

May 21, 2014

Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

Mixed in are some laughs, if you can handle that, and to get viewers to swallow this topic, a promise of cute hamsters.

May 6, 2014

It includes interviews with Blair, Raines and others involved.

May 5, 2014

The substance and tone of Nation articles on Marxism have tended to shift with the larger political, cultural and economic tides.

April 18, 2014

From the self-portraits in the shower, to his portrait of Putin, the paintings are amateurish—street-fair quality at best—but that hardly halted the media orgy. 

April 17, 2014