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Charles de Gaulle

How Charles de Gaulle’s story became a collective fairy tale that the French have agreed to believe in.

Lillian Hellman

How did Lillian Hellman become the archetype of hypocrisy?

Nanni Moretti (second from left) in We Have a Pope

Hitchcock delighted in manipulating the audience. Early on Luis Buñuel learned to be satisfied with amusing himself.

For a young black student, France was not the refuge it was reputed to be.

Diana Sumner (left), Howard Bloch and Angela Davis, Biarritz, France, 1963

Angela Davis’s student years in France were an alchemy of discipline and distraction.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.

 Margaret Sanger’s Brownsville Clinic

Margaret Sanger’s legacy continues to haunt debates about abortion and family planning.

The swirl of controversy over Jodi Kantor’s biography reflects deep cultural anxieties about the limits we place on women in power.

Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie is an artist of the things we don’t say, or can’t, and that find expression anyway.


 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010