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A page from a Kempter Calender belonging to W.G. Sebald’s grandfather

W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country.

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez’s vision of racial mixing as New World destiny.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

A scene from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor

Why a production of Prince Igor was a missed opportunity to call a truce between opera and dance.

John Banville, alias Benjamin Black

The only mystery about The Black-Eyed Blonde is when publishing derivative works became original.

E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain

Untitled (2005), by Ed Clark

Ed Clark and Lynda Benglis are still making art on a grand scale.

Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Blogs

There’s a new Disney exhibit at the Reagan library. But what are drawings of Bambi and Cinderella doing in the National Archives?

July 9, 2012

Twitter brings you the the best Republican songs you've never heard of. 

July 9, 2012

Chelsea Green employees celebrated July 4th this year, not only independent but as brand-new employee-owners of their company.

July 4, 2012

 Eric on Heart and Paul Simon and Reed on the absurdity of the anger surrounding leaks.

June 15, 2012

The Mormon Church is a corporation, says author and essayist Terry Tempest Williams, and there is reason to fear a Romney presidency....

May 27, 2012

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

For women in politics, sexuality is often a liability. Will two new shows break the mold?

May 22, 2012

230,000 long-term unemployed workers lost their benefits on Sunday and the system is about to get a whole lot worse.

May 18, 2012

A new collection featuring ninety-nine tracks of class-conscious music from ninety-nine artists.

May 17, 2012

For all our talk about the multiracialism of the millennial generation, the lack of interracial social connections is more than a coincidence.

May 10, 2012