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Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company, in 1922

Censors thought it dirty and rebellious, but what makes Ulysses radical is its dramatization of the unending conflict between good and evil.

An aisle in a virtual reality Tesco supermarket

How Americans have become tyrannized by the culture’s overinvestment in choice.

Frank Capra

Why World War II offered Hollywood directors an escape into reality.

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Charles Krauthammer

Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies.

Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village as seen from the air over the East River, N

The amount of affordable housing in New York City is shrinking, and Mayor de Blasio’s development plans might not reverse the trend.

With its lack of art and absence of thought, the blockbuster Norwegian novel disappoints.

Lydia Davis

Because nobody else thinks like her.

Works Progress Administration poster from the 1930s

Democracy was once a comforting fiction. Has it become an uninhabitable one?

Blogs

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

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