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Israeli soldier and tank

The story of contemporary Israel as written by Max Blumenthal is not easy to read.

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875), by James McNeill Whistler

Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.

The former American Folk Art building

MoMA’s new expansion plans represent avant-gardism at its most deracinated.

Vietnam War timeline

The Pentagon’s whitewashed history of the Vietnam War provokes troubling questions about how the invasion of Iraq will one day be remembered.

The Thick of It

From Yes Minister and The Thick of It to Veep, Scandal and House of Cards, British political satire and its American progeny reveal growing disillusionment with political irreality.

Al From

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson reconsiders the connection between slavery and capitalism.

Ronald Dworkin

How did an essential figure in the modern revival of liberal political philosophy end up pondering issues of theology?

Blogs

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Eric Alterman's media round-up and Reed Richardson's unique take on the government shutdown. 

October 4, 2013

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States will be rereleased this month on DVD; it tells a different story than the school textbooks we're used to.

October 1, 2013

New novels, poetry and short-story collections from up-and-coming and established writers of color.

September 24, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The news-leaking website, in possession of a leaked script, offers rebuttals to the film that dramatizes Julian Assange's relationship with former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. 

September 22, 2013

It took years, but I eventually came to terms with loving the idea of NYC more than the city itself. 

September 18, 2013

The Syria Dilemma, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, offers a range of perspectives on the Syrian dilemma from within Syria and beyond. 

September 17, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

September 13, 2013