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Fiorello LaGuardia

Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.

Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux playing the tambourine in Treme

Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.

“The way Hope builds his House,” inscribed on an envelope, circa 1879

How was Emily Dickinson able to be frugal and fruitful in her art?

The teenpop of the teens has proved discomfiting, like the dead brought back to life.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past

Joaquim Câmara Ferreira

Was the author's aristocratic grandfather, who would become a leader of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, a hero or a terrorist?

Francisco Franco (1892-1975)

To what extent does Franco’s rule still dictate contemporary Spanish culture?

In 1924, Lidia Ivanova, George Balanchine’s “lost muse,” disappeared on the eve of their company’s first European tour. Was her death an accident?

Blogs

A new collection from Bruce Springsteen, a defense of Nancy Pelosi and a fresh angle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

November 18, 2010

Jay-Z backs the message, if not the rhetoric, of racial challenges to George Bush's record.

November 18, 2010

The Larry Sanders Show and the compromised administration of Obama.

November 4, 2010

The MSNBC host has brought the voices of working men and women to the fore and improved the discourse for the better. That's no defense for a "vile and inappropriate" choice of words. It is, however, why Schultz will continue to be a important contributor to the national debate.

October 26, 2010

American culture from Saul Bellows to Janeane Garofalo to NPR.

October 14, 2010

One of Obama's most famous fans reemerges for the midterms, but at a careful distance.

October 12, 2010

On Greg Mitchell's role in getting John Hall elected to congress, and why he deserves re-election this fall.

October 6, 2010

Obama is aware of the danger of morphing into George W. Bush.

September 22, 2010

 On the media, John McCain, "Hotel California," wives, ex-wives and shows at the Palladium.

August 28, 2010