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Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.
Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath
For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.
Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.
Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?
Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.
How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?
A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.
Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.