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Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

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.

Denise Levertov, poetry, Donna Krolik Hollenberg, A Poet’s Revolution, ballet

Denise Levertov’s poetic communion with the world.

Blogs

It took years, but I eventually came to terms with loving the idea of NYC more than the city itself. 

September 18, 2013

The Syria Dilemma, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, offers a range of perspectives on the Syrian dilemma from within Syria and beyond. 

September 17, 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 Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

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

Nation editor Roane Carey joins a panel to unpack the Israeli documentary The Law in These Parts.

August 21, 2013

It’s time white women drop the practice of authenticating—and profiting from—the experiences of women of color. 

August 16, 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