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In 1906, the French savant Pierre Duhem published a three-volume work
on Leonardo as scientist under the innocuous title Études sur
Leonard de Vinci.
It was the work's subtitle th

When James Agee wrote in these pages sixty years ago, he often
complained of the paltriness of this or that movie, as judged against
the events of the day.

One of the first casualties of war may be those happy-talk forecasts of
a robust recovery once the bombing starts in Iraq, but a far more
momentous economic question accompanies Bush's invasion

In a provocative book published recently in Germany, a Hamburg scholar
named Klaus Briegleb appeared to take on the entire national literary
establishment for indulging in self-censorship of th

In the late summer and fall of 1997, small news leaks began appearing
that Mayor Edward Rendell of Philadelphia (who is now governor of
Pennsylvania) was thinking about suing the firearms indus

In about five years' time, there will be a new Paul Theroux travel book,
and it will look like this.

This was intended to be a sweet little prewar column about an artist I
admire, Rosanne Cash.

Say what you will about oil and hegemony, but the pending invasion of
Iraq is more than just a geopolitical act. It's also the manifestation
of a cultural attitude.

On June 4, 1961, John F. Kennedy held his last meeting with Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.

The revival of a highly regarded play can either enhance or diminish
its reputation.

Blogs

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/9/15?

April 9, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/3/15?

April 3, 2015

MSNBC's Chris Hayes celebrates The Nation's 150th anniversary.

April 1, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/27/15?

March 27, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/22/15?

March 21, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The Nation’s archives, Henry James wrote in our fiftieth anniversary issue, “compose the record of the general life of civilization.”

March 18, 2015