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amnesia, memory, psychology, neuroscience, Suzanne Corkin, Henry Gustav Molaison

What the modern science of memory owes to the amnesiac patient H.M.

Benjamin Franklin, Enlightenment, museums, Charles Wilson Peale

For all its postmodern flair, the revamped Benjamin Franklin Museum is surprisingly traditional and constrained.

Why are philosophers invoking the notion of human dignity to revitalize theories of political ethics?

Alexis de Tocqueville

Lucien Jaume’s Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty.

Atomic test

A new book explores the alarming threat of accidental nuclear detonations.

Jonathan Lethem

Lethem’s new novel, Dissident Gardens, involves three generations of left-wing activists in New York City.

Matthew Shepard Mourners

A new book by Stephen Jimenez tells a very different story about the killing of Matthew Shepard by Aaron McKinney.

Madame Restell

Novelist Kate Manning richly reimagines Madame Restell as a defender of women from the horrors of poverty, male privilege and their own physiology.

Chile Coup

My country can perhaps offer Egyptians a strategy whereby a fearful and divided populace can rid itself of an oppressive regime.

Blogs

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

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014