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A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

A still from Infiltrators (2012), by Khaled Jarrar

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

Cofán women near a pool of oil in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, 2005.

How law firms and lobbyists protect and whitewash petroleum dictatorships.

Children in Varanasi, India, wearing masks of Narendra Modi, April 24, 2014

Why India’s boom years have been a bust.

Nadine Gordimer

The Nobel laureate’s short stories are her lasting legacy to the literary world.

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

Kjell Askildsen

In the stories of Kjell Askildsen, all that the men want is to be unseen.

Who today would argue publicly that women aren’t funny?

Blogs

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

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

September 11, 2014