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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?

Slavko Goldstein

In 1941, genocide broke out in Croatia, and we still cannot explain why.

Mosab Hassan Yousef (left) and Sheikh Hassan Yousef in The Green Prince

Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince is a fact-free documentary about collaboration.

Mardin, Turkey

Among the Kurds in southeastern Turkey.

shackles

Multiple commentaries from the journal show a pattern of making sure white people aren’t taken for total villains when discussing slavery.

Blogs

Eric on this week in theater and music and Reed on how the media’s ratings-driven hysterics is warping Ebola coverage.

October 28, 2014

Definitive assessments of Ronald Reagan and “the warrior state,” plus early looks at Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, and zeitgeist-defining essays on “cold war liberalism” and “the gay moment.”

October 24, 2014

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