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Barbara Stanwyck in The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The life and unvarnished style of Barbara Stanwyck.

Act of Killing

The brilliant Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing depicts the horrifying mass murder in Indonesia in the 1960s—but the US was no mere observer. 

Mia Farrow and Woody Allen

The tangled web of affairs, accusations and legal battles that defined Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s relationship unfolded over three decades. 

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.

Blogs

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

The CIA and NSA routinely ignore the Constitution, yet want the Justice Department to protect them from an over-reaching Congress.

March 24, 2014