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In the poems of Peter Gizzi, the powers of tradition meet and mingle.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was a force against the incoherence hiding in every hypocrisy.
For the German novelist Walter Kempowski, there was no single unifying experience of World War II.
The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.
How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?
Immersive theater has no real style—except to fetishize its look.
How Africa and China’s own borderlands became the center of Beijing’s new empire.
By privileging historical catastrophe, a new poetry anthology narrows the definition of art.
Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.
A former public school teacher and union organizer picks his favorites.