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There are killer weeds, deep in the flower patch,
down at the bottom of the tombstone.
Only they'll seem to breed out of the ground itself.

Not many people can say they changed the world and make it stick. In
Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, George Wein does.

Norman Rush's first novel, Mating (1991), opens with a nervous
but gripping epigram: "In Africa, you want more, I think." The speaker,
an unnamed American anthropologist who doesn't want

You would hope that the passage of fifty years might have cleared the
passions that once inflamed the Rosenberg case.

Toward the end of his memoir, My Brother's Keeper, Amitai Etzioni
recounts meeting with the political consultant Dick Morris.

I have often been asked the difference between movie reviews and film
criticism; and after much thought, I've decided the answer is about one
week.

"In society the homosexual's life must be discreetly concealed. As
material for drama, that life must be even more intensely concealed.

A few years in Washington, DC, snake-oil capital of the universe, and
you begin to think that anything can be packaged as something else.
Well, almost anything.

When Tokyo took over Manchuria, its propagandists spoke of
"liberation."

Robert Kaplan is a hugely well-informed, indefatigable journalist who
combines firsthand reporting, mostly from poor, badly governed or
ungoverned countries, with wide reading on the political,

Blogs

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/15/15?

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 5/8/15?

May 8, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/4/15?

May 4, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015