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Charles Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20, 1964

How a jazz artist’s relationship to black identity gave his music its stormy weather.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf during the Vesoul International Asian Cinema Festival, 2009

An Iranian director’s ongoing meditations on the nature of illusion and reality, truth and consequences.

Steven Soderbergh as Fletcher Munson/Dr. Jeffrey Korchek, in Schizopolis

Hollywood’s wonkiest director hasn’t stopped working. He’s finding new problems to solve—and toying with us again.

Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon

George Packer

The Unwinding is a fine-grained account of economic collapse that runs aground on causeless abstractions.

Walter Mosley

The author opens up about his latest art exhibition, magic, failure and unexpected success.

Blogs

Today marks one of the most momentous nights in 1960s history. 

February 25, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on Ted Cruz.

February 18, 2014

Greg Mitchell shares some videos of Kevin Spacey.

February 18, 2014

Penguin’s withdrawing and pulping The Hindus: An Alternative History is only the latest in a series of surrenders.

February 14, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014