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Hilton Als

Auntie man? Black writer? Negress? In The Women, Hilton Als is Hilton Als.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A visitor at an exhibit marking the twentieth anniversary of the events of Octob

The life and work of Victor Serge represents the Russian democratic revolution that never was.

A group of Bengalis in the countryside

The humanitarian impulse has not vanished from US foreign policy. It has simply split into two camps.

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Illustration

Women writers are far outnumbered by men in magazines and book reviews, but why? Part of the answer lies in book publishing.

Eric Hobsbawm

Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.

Blogs

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 3, 2013

Sofia Coppola’s new movie doesn’t move its audience to question these celebrity-obsessed thieves—and it should.

June 25, 2013

The current production of Sontag:Reborn only begins to portray the complicated relationship between Susan Sontag and The Nation.

June 22, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is great! Does it matter that its appeal depends on being a Whedon nerd?

June 14, 2013

Wayne Miller, a photographer who took controversial, long-suppressed photos in Hiroshima, dies at age 94.

May 28, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

The think tank has long since compromised its intellectual integrity, yet the media continue to trumpet flawed reports like the latest one on immigration reform.

May 10, 2013

 Another unusual fact about MGM's planned 1947 film on Truman and the bomb.

May 5, 2013

With the opening of George W's presidential library, pundits are rushing to whitewash the memory of those years of folly.

April 26, 2013