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Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm.

It is a depressing rule for students of American political discourse that the more one happens to know about a given subject, the more amazing one finds the brazen ignorance that passes for publi

The United States never held a large number of direct colonies, a fact that has prompted many political leaders to declare it the great exception to colonialism.

"This is a story about a spy," writes Millicent Dillon in Harry Gold: A Novel.

"Making Choices" at MoMA

In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey bullies a series of small children, gets into senseless fights (on the grounds that "he started it") and reverts hungrily to breast-feeding.

William Randolph Hearst is one of those people we all know was very, very famous but are never quite sure why, or what we are to think of him.

At a quarter to 3 in the afternoon on March 14, 1883, one of the world's brainiest men, Karl Marx, ceased to think. He passed away peacefully in his favorite armchair.

Chinua Achebe

A revealing question: Why has V.S. Naipaul come to be much better known in the West than the great African writer Chinua Achebe?

The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

Blogs

It took years, but I eventually came to terms with loving the idea of NYC more than the city itself. 

September 18, 2013

The Syria Dilemma, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, offers a range of perspectives on the Syrian dilemma from within Syria and beyond. 

September 17, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

Nation editor Roane Carey joins a panel to unpack the Israeli documentary The Law in These Parts.

August 21, 2013

It’s time white women drop the practice of authenticating—and profiting from—the experiences of women of color. 

August 16, 2013

Baldwin published his first piece in The Nation, and for many years thereafter continued to attack a system he thought as close to anarchy as to martial law.

August 10, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013