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Virgil Thomson with the cast of The Mother of Us All, in 1972

In his music and his prose, Virgil Thomson perfected a whimsically deadpan sensibility.

Tennessee Williams on the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Glass Menagerie

John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.

A staircase in Dresden, Germany, 1945

Architecture lets us speak of the spoken indirectly.

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

Onnig Kardash at the April 24 Armenian Genocide Commemoration, 1967

An Armenian-American writer asks if the Armenian obsession with genocide recognition is worth its emotional and psychological price.

The Fall of Icarus (1943), by Henri Matisse

With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.

GCHQ satellites in Bude, England, from Citizenfour

Awakening a sense of wonder and flooding a cinema with crucial realities.

The New York Times columnist discusses his new book, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Blogs

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

The piece drew hard questions because of the choice of the (allegedly biased) reviewer.

May 28, 2014