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Hilary Mantel, following Booker Prize award announcement, October 6, 2009

Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.

An illustration from William Still’s The Underground Railroad (1872)

In Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom, the Underground Railroad is a network of dignity and defiance.

Juliette Binoche as Maria, Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Halal in the Family

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi hopes his mock sitcom will make us laugh our way to becoming Halal in the Family.

On the war’s 50th anniversary, peace activists will be challenging the Pentagon’s whitewashed history.

We must rethink the post–Cold War security order.

Larry Siedentop, 2013

Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.

Philip Glass, New York, in the early 1970s

Warm and unaffected, Philip Glass’s memoir is nothing like his music.

Blogs

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

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May 15, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 5/8/15?

May 8, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/4/15?

May 4, 2015

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

April 24, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/21/15?

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