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Jonathan Schell

Recollections from Tom Engelhardt and an interview with Schell.

Harry Truman sits with White House counsel Clark Clifford in Key West in 1949

John Judis’s provocative history of US foreign policy toward Israel

Immanuel Velikovsky at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.

How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo

30 Days of Running in the Place (2010), by Ahmed Basiony

Art and revolution in Cairo.

Tony Revolori as Zero and Léa Seydoux as Clotilde in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jiri Menzel’s I Served the King of England, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture

Martin Donovan as Matthew and Adrienne Shelly as Maria in Trust

The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, The Book of Life, The Girl from Monday and Meanwhile

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

The unflinching fiction of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

Blogs

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

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014