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No Man's Land Near Lens, France

Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Harper Library, University of Chicago

Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Blogs

Are lobbyists using the new Batman movie as a form of bribery? Senator Leahy’s second cameo, and a special preview screening for staff, is a problem.

July 23, 2012

Alex, who has died at the age of 71, believed to the end in the necessity of information and insight as essential elements of an activism that would begin the world over again.

July 21, 2012

McGovern has always practiced a politics that runs deeper; a politics rooted in his love of America’s history, its literature and its possibility.

July 19, 2012

Tom Morello marks Guthrie’s 100th by restoring the left-wing verses of his most famous song.

July 13, 2012

A centennial tribute to the man whose influence has been as profoundly felt as that of any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 13, 2012

Funnily enough, not all comedians are defending Daniel Tosh’s rape jokes.

July 12, 2012

Woody Guthrie's influence was as profoundly felt as any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 11, 2012

There’s a new Disney exhibit at the Reagan library. But what are drawings of Bambi and Cinderella doing in the National Archives?

July 9, 2012

Twitter brings you the the best Republican songs you've never heard of. 

July 9, 2012

Chelsea Green employees celebrated July 4th this year, not only independent but as brand-new employee-owners of their company.

July 4, 2012