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photo of Janet Malcolm

The war between democracy and aristocracy in Janet Malcolm’s Forty-One False Starts.

klawans flappers and philosophers

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight

Cartoon, Screwing the World (1984), by David Levine

Victor Navasky’s The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and their Enduring Power

Taylor Swift at the Z100 Jingle Ball, New York City, 2012

Profligate, prolific, towering over the landscape: Is Taylor Swift China?

MoMA

In defiance of its mission to preserve important works, the Museum of Modern Art has decided to raze the Folk Art building.

Portrait of Charlie Parker

The Whitney’s adventurous, awkward attempt to explore abstract art through the blues.

Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

Blogs

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was "a vision of an aesthetic hell."

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

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 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

Nearly a third of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, but it’s an experience we almost never see on film.

June 5, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

If there’s one thing netizens love to do it is to express themselves, so please flood the FCC with your comments.

June 2, 2014