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With its lack of art and absence of thought, the blockbuster Norwegian novel disappoints.

Lydia Davis

Because nobody else thinks like her.

Works Progress Administration poster from the 1930s

Democracy was once a comforting fiction. Has it become an uninhabitable one?

Jamie Cohen-Cole

It’s one of the most ticklish questions of liberal philosophy.

Markus Werner

In Zündel’s Exit, Markus Werner gorges on the limit point of madness.

Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1618)

How the religion of genius collapsed under the blows of egalitarianism.

New York Public Library

After public outcry, the library’s $300 million project to demolish stacks and sell off branch libraries has collapsed.

Blogs

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

In fact, says theater director Anne Bogart, stories can be “fascistic.”

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

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 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014