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The Chelsea Hotel, November 18, 1983

Artists have become the shock troops of gentrification, even at the Chelsea Hotel.

Spinning gears: Toby Keith, July 6, 2013

The story of country music is not love and happiness but love and work.

Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) in The Fault in Our Stars

A new batch of teen films deliver their blows and soften them in a single gesture.

Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company, in 1922

Censors thought it dirty and rebellious, but what makes Ulysses radical is its dramatization of the unending conflict between good and evil.

An aisle in a virtual reality Tesco supermarket

How Americans have become tyrannized by the culture’s overinvestment in choice.

Frank Capra

Why World War II offered Hollywood directors an escape into reality.

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Charles Krauthammer

Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies.

Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village as seen from the air over the East River, N

The amount of affordable housing in New York City is shrinking, and Mayor de Blasio’s development plans might not reverse the trend.

With its lack of art and absence of thought, the blockbuster Norwegian novel disappoints.

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