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Taylor Mac performs at New York Live Arts, January 2015

A musical project of maddening ambition unearths—and invents—a gay history of America.

Edward Gibbon (1773), by Henry Walton

Historians are losing their audience, and searching for the next trend won’t win it back.

President John F. Kennedy announces a US blockade of Cuba, October 22, 1962

Democracy floats on currents of change. Is it ever capable of managing them?

Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Ricardo Darín (left) as Simón in Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.

Eula Biss

Eula Biss’s On Immunity is a slipshod book full of brilliant moments.

Has digital technology destroyed leisure?

Blogs

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 2/27/15?

February 27, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

What Are Nation Interns Reading the Week of 2/20/15?

February 20, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

Eric previews his new book on de Blasio's fight to make New York a more equitable city and reviews the city's latest shows: it's all inside today's Altercation.

February 17, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 2/17/15?

February 17, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 2/6/15?

February 6, 2015

From Andrew Sullivan's departure from the blogosphere to Birdman's inevitable wins at the Oscars: it's all inside today's Altercation.

February 2, 2015