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Micro-apartments have become trendy in planning circles, but their austerity is just another limit on the aspirations of the poor.

Robert Ames in his trademark tinted aviators

In The Good Spy, Kai Bird documents the life of CIA agent Robert Ames, a sincere and unlikely mediator in the Middle East.

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

Ellar Coltrane, age 7, in Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.

Calving of an ice shelf in West Antarctica

How the rhetoric of ecoetiquette muddies writing about global warming.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Madonna and Child With Four Saints (Spedalingo Altarpiece), by Rosso Fiorentino

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.

Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis Staples perform in a church.

For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.

New Delhi, India, January 22, 2014

Why does the belief that women are safest when secluded still hold sway in India?

Blogs

Eric on this week in theater and music and Reed on how the media’s ratings-driven hysterics is warping Ebola coverage.

October 28, 2014

Definitive assessments of Ronald Reagan and “the warrior state,” plus early looks at Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, and zeitgeist-defining essays on “cold war liberalism” and “the gay moment.”

October 24, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014