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In 1886 the British are fighting an imperial war on another continent
with the express goal of suppressing and maintaining control of the
natives. Sound familiar?

At the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month, the Harvey Theater reclaims
its original name--the Majestic--with the arrival of director Sam
Mendes's beautiful renderings of Chekhov's Uncle Va

Being a citizen in America today feels a bit like being the student at
the bottom of the class. We are continually reminded of how we are
falling down on the job. Not enough of us vote.

Genealogy rules Latino literature tyrannically.

If Elia Suleiman's face were a cartoon, then the single short, white
brush stroke dabbed into his black hair would perhaps be the beginning
of a thought balloon, perpetually forming above the l

The Iraqi-American writer and Brandeis professor Kanan Makiya is
nowadays considered by many in the United States to be the Iraqi
dissident par excellence.

Given the number of prematurely world-weary young men and women who
followed the lure of easy money, cheap alcohol and even cheaper sex to
the geopolitical discount bins of the former Soviet Un

The summer before 14-year-old Trent Lott entered all-white Pascagoula
High School in Mississippi, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago named
Emmett Till convinced his mother to let him go down

In the new film version of The Quiet American, a photographer
races into a plaza in downtown Saigon, rather puzzling jaded British
reporter Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine).

The hive is for where
the honey was.
Was findable there,

then not.
Sometimes, I think I dreamed it,
or I am saying it like a thing

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