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Kennedys arrive at Dallas November 22, 1963

Kennedy’s presidency and assassination seem more elusive as the decades pass.

Finn Brunton

How did something as trivial as spam end up on the forefront of cyberwar?

Untitled (1994), by Christopher Wool

Do our financial wizards, like vampires, leave no reflection in the mirror of art?

Equitable Building, Manhattan

Real estate has become an extractive industry, mining the air for property.

Mark Morris leads audience members in a sing-along at the Ojai Music Festival

How a choreographer’s love for the basic truths of the body has remained uncompromising.

John Gray

Does John Gray counsel anything more than avoidance of the ideological excesses he scorns?

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Primo Levi

Seeing not a person but a thing was the crime of crimes for Primo Levi.

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Blogs

From the self-portraits in the shower, to his portrait of Putin, the paintings are amateurish—street-fair quality at best—but that hardly halted the media orgy. 

April 17, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously will make you boiling mad about the climate calamity that awaits us in the twenty-first century.  

April 15, 2014

Conservatives see the selection of Colbert as the next host of The Late Show as proof of liberal media bias. 

April 11, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

How the cowardice of Viking Penguin kept the author’s In The Spirit of Crazy Horse out of print for seven years

April 7, 2014

An excerpt from When Hollywood Turned Left, Greg Mitchell’s new e-book about the first modern campaign to secretly raise massive amounts of money.

April 6, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

“The Interweb tried to swallow me whole,” said Colbert. “But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up, like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”

April 1, 2014

Actors and actresses were long known for contract disputes and sex scandals, not social activism. So when, and why, did the shift to the left occur?

March 25, 2014