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Herman Melville

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

An installation view of Educational Complex (1995), by Mike Kelley

MFAs aren’t a problem: it’s artists being content with what they know.

Soviet stamp of Salvador Allende, 1973

A new history of Chile is a wrestling match between fatalism and optimism.

LBJ

How the call to empathy helped mobilize a nation.

Untitled (prisoner #389 of the Khmer Rouge), by Nhem Ein, 1975–79

The Brooklyn Museum’s massive show of war photography is a wasted opportunity.

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s Collected Poems.

The Prager Zeile in Dresden, inspired by Le Corbusier's "unités d'habitation."

Do “smart” urban automation projects have more in common with Jane Jacobs or Le Corbusier?

Blogs

On the late Daniel Bell, the very archetype of a committed liberal intellectual, and The New Republic's Marty Peretz, plus reader mail.

January 27, 2011

The president said many objectionable things in selling his tax- cut plan, but his assertions about America's history of compromising was too much to stomach.

December 8, 2010

You can get anything you want at... or can you? Tim Graham thinks not.

November 23, 2010

 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010

American culture from Saul Bellows to Janeane Garofalo to NPR.

October 14, 2010

Obama is aware of the danger of morphing into George W. Bush.

September 22, 2010

A former covert CIA operative turned novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre dominated by right-wing authors.

June 29, 2010

Nation writer Corey Robin discusses Ayn Rand's kitsch philosophy.

June 1, 2010