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Tony Revolori as Zero and Léa Seydoux as Clotilde in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jiri Menzel’s I Served the King of England, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture

Martin Donovan as Matthew and Adrienne Shelly as Maria in Trust

The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, The Book of Life, The Girl from Monday and Meanwhile

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

The unflinching fiction of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

Mandans gathering buffalo berries, 1908. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis

Elizabeth Fenn, the Mandans and a renaissance in historical writing.

Barbara Stanwyck in The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The life and unvarnished style of Barbara Stanwyck.

Act of Killing

The brilliant Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing depicts the horrifying mass murder in Indonesia in the 1960s—but the US was no mere observer. 

Mia Farrow and Woody Allen

The tangled web of affairs, accusations and legal battles that defined Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s relationship unfolded over three decades. 

Israeli soldier and tank

The story of contemporary Israel as written by Max Blumenthal is not easy to read.

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875), by James McNeill Whistler

Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.

Blogs

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

The 27-year-old director of the film adaptation of Oscar Grant’s shooting talked to me about the obstacles facing young black men in America today.

July 18, 2013

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 3, 2013

Sofia Coppola’s new movie doesn’t move its audience to question these celebrity-obsessed thieves—and it should.

June 25, 2013

The current production of Sontag:Reborn only begins to portray the complicated relationship between Susan Sontag and The Nation.

June 22, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is great! Does it matter that its appeal depends on being a Whedon nerd?

June 14, 2013

Wayne Miller, a photographer who took controversial, long-suppressed photos in Hiroshima, dies at age 94.

May 28, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

The think tank has long since compromised its intellectual integrity, yet the media continue to trumpet flawed reports like the latest one on immigration reform.

May 10, 2013