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Editor's Note: With Leonard Kriegel's meditation on Saul Bellow's
1953 novel
The Adventures of Augie March, we introduce a series
of occasional essays revisiting classic works of literature, history and
criticism.

A reader knowing nothing of the 1990s might well come away from Sidney
Blumenthal's lengthy account of The Clinton Wars with the
impression that for eight years, Bill and Hillary Clinton

In 1900 Maurice Denis painted a large canvas titled Hommage à
Cézanne
, which shows the esteemed master next to one of his
paintings and surrounded by a crowd of admiring yo

As the bombs cease falling on Baghdad, and the world argues over an
American presence in Iraq, the publication of Diana Abu-Jaber's funny,
thoughtful second novel, Crescent, seems uncann

Near the end of Parallels and Paradoxes, a recent collection of
dialogues on music and society between the conductor and pianist Daniel
Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony

During the harsh New York City winter of 1909-10, 20,000 garment workers
marched and picketed to win recognition of their union.

"That was a benefit shooting." So said a shaken Kenneth Koch to a
stunned audience seconds after a tall, scraggly man fired a pistol at
him on January 10, 1968.

For years it was one of those intriguing asterisk marks in many a great
writer's career--a book that might have been but wasn't.

Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own is a deft and
ambitious four-part biography interweaving the lives of Dorothy Day,
Thomas Merton, Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor, the mo

Blogs

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

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/21/15?

April 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000-word excoriation of Dr. Cornel West is highly personal. But there is a political fight thrumming beneath the surface.

April 20, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/9/15?

April 9, 2015