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Atomic test

A new book explores the alarming threat of accidental nuclear detonations.

Jonathan Lethem

Lethem’s new novel, Dissident Gardens, involves three generations of left-wing activists in New York City.

Matthew Shepard Mourners

A new book by Stephen Jimenez tells a very different story about the killing of Matthew Shepard by Aaron McKinney.

Madame Restell

Novelist Kate Manning richly reimagines Madame Restell as a defender of women from the horrors of poverty, male privilege and their own physiology.

Chile Coup

My country can perhaps offer Egyptians a strategy whereby a fearful and divided populace can rid itself of an oppressive regime.

By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life.

A scene from Gravity

Gravity and the three-dimensional tears of Sandra Bullock.

A blueprint for the Barack Obama presidential library.

Blogs

A new book shows that incidents like the My Lai massacre were part of the widescale killing of non-combatants.

January 30, 2013

The documentary on covert operations around the world takes home the Cinematography award.

January 27, 2013

The promising new film is said to be based on the memoir of folkie Dave Van Ronk.

January 25, 2013

Was this the wildest football game ever?

December 31, 2012

In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is on a mission to show his Sundance-award winning movie, The House I Live In, to prisoners across the country. On a Friday in December, he went to New Yor}ks biggest jail.

December 21, 2012

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

What's really bothering us is not whether torture works but that Americans are torturers.

December 14, 2012

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012