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Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Jonathan Schell

Recollections from Tom Engelhardt and an interview with Schell.

Harry Truman sits with White House counsel Clark Clifford in Key West in 1949

John Judis’s provocative history of US foreign policy toward Israel

Immanuel Velikovsky at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.

How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo

30 Days of Running in the Place (2010), by Ahmed Basiony

Art and revolution in Cairo.

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October 28, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

New novels, poetry and short-story collections from up-and-coming and established writers of color.

September 24, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

Baldwin published his first piece in The Nation, and for many years thereafter continued to attack a system he thought as close to anarchy as to martial law.

August 10, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013