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It is scarcely news that the President is in the mainstream of popular American credulity. He has been nurtured in the same rich loam of folk ignorance, historical figment and paranormal intellectual constructs as millions of his fellow citizens.

The World War II Memorial, National Mall, October 2, 2013, in Washington, DC

For Francis Fukuyama and John Dunn, our democratic crisis is the result of an intellectual failure.

The categorical imperative “Do Not Draw the Prophet” clashes with the thousand nuances of art.

James Laughlin in his office in the White Cottage, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1941

The poems and a new biography of James Laughlin tells of his public success as a publisher and his private disappointments.

Fifty years after the first US troops came ashore at Da Nang, the Vietnamese are still coping with unexploded bombs and Agent Orange.

Jean-Luc Godard at Cinéma L’Eden in Le Havre, France, 2004

Jean-Luc Godard is still brooding on the end of cinema while imagining its future incarnation.

Kite from a Sumpango Sacatepequez Day of the Dead festival in Guatemala in 2007

How the discovery of police archives has altered the memory of political atrocities in Guatemala.

K. Anis Ahmed

K. Anis Ahmed’s stringent tales of life in the sprawling capital of Bangladesh.

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What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/26/15?

April 24, 2015

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April 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000-word excoriation of Dr. Cornel West is highly personal. But there is a political fight thrumming beneath the surface.

April 20, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/9/15?

April 9, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/3/15?

April 3, 2015

MSNBC's Chris Hayes celebrates The Nation's 150th anniversary.

April 1, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/27/15?

March 27, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/22/15?

March 21, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015