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“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Hilton Als

Auntie man? Black writer? Negress? In The Women, Hilton Als is Hilton Als.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A visitor at an exhibit marking the twentieth anniversary of the events of Octob

The life and work of Victor Serge represents the Russian democratic revolution that never was.

A group of Bengalis in the countryside

The humanitarian impulse has not vanished from US foreign policy. It has simply split into two camps.

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Illustration

Women writers are far outnumbered by men in magazines and book reviews, but why? Part of the answer lies in book publishing.

Blogs

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

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Coming in as #15 on the New York Times bestseller list this Sunday, this revisionist history from a left perspective will reach more Americans than any other account in recent decades.

November 30, 2012

Check out new releases from Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and Peter Frampton.

November 30, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The twenty-something photographer talks about the changing face of journalism and giving women around the world a voice.

November 28, 2012

The filmmaker challenges the accepted narrative that dropping the bomb(s) was the right thing to do.

November 26, 2012

From Barbara Ehrenreich to Paul Wellstone, changemakers fighting for equality are the real American heroes. 

October 15, 2012

During his Congressional run in 1960, the late writer and Nation contributor fired back at a less-than-friendly newspaper publisher.

October 8, 2012