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Markus Werner

In Zündel’s Exit, Markus Werner gorges on the limit point of madness.

Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1618)

How the religion of genius collapsed under the blows of egalitarianism.

New York Public Library

After public outcry, the library’s $300 million project to demolish stacks and sell off branch libraries has collapsed.

Bookstore

How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions.

García Márquez

What more could a young writer want than to spend hours and hours with the greatest author alive?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, leader of the Fidesz party, April 6, 2014

How Victor Orbán launched a constitutional coup and created a one-party state.

Agata Trzebuchowska (left) and Agata Kulesza in Ida

Catholic Innocence meets Jewish Experience after the Holocaust in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida.

Blogs

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

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