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Eric Hobsbawm

Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.

No Man's Land Near Lens, France

Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Harper Library, University of Chicago

Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

Blogs

The author of "Why I Make Terrible Decisions" discovers the dark side of Internet fame.

December 11, 2013

Proust, a reviewer wrote in 1921, “may not be what his hero set out to be in his childhood, the greatest writer in the world, but he is one of those.”

December 7, 2013

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013

Charlotte Hays’s “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?” reveals a right that’s stopped masking its contempt for average Americans.

November 21, 2013

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Arendt's life and work have been debated in our pages possibly more than those of any other twentieth-century philosopher.

November 16, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

The debate continues...

October 28, 2013

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

October 7, 2013