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A page from a Kempter Calender belonging to W.G. Sebald’s grandfather

W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country.

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez’s vision of racial mixing as New World destiny.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

A scene from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor

Why a production of Prince Igor was a missed opportunity to call a truce between opera and dance.

John Banville, alias Benjamin Black

The only mystery about The Black-Eyed Blonde is when publishing derivative works became original.

E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain

Untitled (2005), by Ed Clark

Ed Clark and Lynda Benglis are still making art on a grand scale.

Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Blogs

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

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