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Ali Ahn, Elisabeth Moss, and Elise Kibler in ‘The Heidi Chronicles’

Wendy Wasserstein’s 1989 play barely passes the Bechdel Test. Men act; Heidi reacts. What Lean-In feminist has time for that?

Hilary Mantel, following Booker Prize award announcement, October 6, 2009

Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.

An illustration from William Still’s The Underground Railroad (1872)

In Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom, the Underground Railroad is a network of dignity and defiance.

Juliette Binoche as Maria, Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Halal in the Family

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi hopes his mock sitcom will make us laugh our way to becoming Halal in the Family.

On the war’s 50th anniversary, peace activists will be challenging the Pentagon’s whitewashed history.

We must rethink the post–Cold War security order.

Larry Siedentop, 2013

Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.

Blogs

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 5/8/15?

May 8, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/4/15?

May 4, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/26/15?

April 24, 2015