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Martin J. Sklar

You’ve probably never heard of Martin J. Sklar. But you should have.

Rian Malan

For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t necessarily mean one will attain it.

Atticus Lish

The Third World collides with the First in Atticus Lish’s Preparation for the Next Life.

In the poems of Peter Gizzi, the powers of tradition meet and mingle.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a force against the incoherence hiding in every hypocrisy.

Walter Kempowski on the set of A Standalone Chapter

For the German novelist Walter Kempowski, there was no single unifying experience of World War II.

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theater, 2009

Immersive theater has no real style—except to fetishize its look.

President Macky Sall of Senegal and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang last February

How Africa and China’s own borderlands became the center of Beijing’s new empire.

Blogs

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012