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Who today would argue publicly that women aren’t funny?

Slavko Goldstein

In 1941, genocide broke out in Croatia, and we still cannot explain why.

Mosab Hassan Yousef (left) and Sheikh Hassan Yousef in The Green Prince

Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince is a fact-free documentary about collaboration.

Mardin, Turkey

Among the Kurds in southeastern Turkey.

shackles

Multiple commentaries from the journal show a pattern of making sure white people aren’t taken for total villains when discussing slavery.

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Can Indonesia’s charismatic new president solve the slow-burning crises of the world’s third-largest democracy?

56 Leonard-Woolworth view

How Michael Bloomberg turned architecture into a sixty-four-ounce Coke.

Blogs

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 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

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014