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The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.

Fiorello LaGuardia

Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.

Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux playing the tambourine in Treme

Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.

“The way Hope builds his House,” inscribed on an envelope, circa 1879

How was Emily Dickinson able to be frugal and fruitful in her art?

The teenpop of the teens has proved discomfiting, like the dead brought back to life.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past

Joaquim Câmara Ferreira

Was the author's aristocratic grandfather, who would become a leader of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, a hero or a terrorist?

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The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

Eric on coffee table books and Reed on the problem with centrism-for-centrism's-sake.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 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

The actor and MSNBC host has a history of unhinged homophobia. So why does he keep getting a pass?

November 15, 2013