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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.

Rendering of the proposed plan for the Domino Sugar refinery site in Bkln. NY

Inclusionary zoning laws are among the few tools left to ensure the creation of affordable housing.

Cesar Chavez

A new film about the labor leader reduces him to a caricature and ignores his true strengths as an organizer.

Blogs

Penguin’s withdrawing and pulping The Hindus: An Alternative History is only the latest in a series of surrenders.

February 14, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

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