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Norman Rockwell's ouevre is deceptively simple—the self-proclaimed 'illustrator' had more depth than he's credited for.

Director Wes Anderson's 'The Royal Tenenbaums' is full of bittersweet whimsy.

What's next for Ms. magazine now that it's hit the ripe age of 30 and is now heading west?

Immigrants and traffickers are the subjects of a certain style of Mexican music.

Once confined to the closet, gays are now making headway in mainstream society.

Mergers and the Internet are changing the publishing industry. What lies ahead?

The 'Collected Poems' is an extraordinary book, says reviewer Ian Tromp.

Gorbachev represented a unique change in Soviet statesmanship; two books examine him and the end of the Cold War.

The Taliban may have met its match: the American Dream Machine.

Blogs

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

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