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Catherine “Kitty” Genovese

How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Sophie Kennedy Clark and Stacy Martin (right) in Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest ode to titillation and traps.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Interventionist Demonstration, 1914, by Carlo Carrà

The Guggenheim’s Futurism exhibition and the Whitney Biennial offer competing visions of present-mindedness.

Pro-EU protesters celebrate the New Year in Kiev’s Maidan, January 1, 2014.

Squarepop—public squares of refusal—is the broken madness of the world stood on its head.

Blogs

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews. 

January 27, 2014

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

The Israeli musician shares his thoughts on the American Jewish community and collaborating with Palestinian artists.

January 16, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014

A new play by George Brant brings home the human costs of America’s remote killing machine.

January 14, 2014

We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.

January 11, 2014

Obama wants another decade of war in Afghanistan—but a new book says he’s already lost faith in the mission. 

January 7, 2014