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After his death in 1975 at the age of 70, Lionel Trilling underwent
something of an eclipse.

If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the
least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies.

American politicians are not noted for their historical self-consciousness.

Judith Miller is a New York Times reporter much in evidence on
talk shows and seminars on the Middle East.

The New York of 1945 was the victorious city of the New Deal and World War II, one that can barely be glimpsed today beneath postmodern towers and billboards for dot-com enterprises.

When I visit the Poetry Publication Showcase, an annual display of the year's new poetry books at Poets House in Manhattan, I feel as if I've been granted a precious audience with Poetry itself.

Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm.

It is a depressing rule for students of American political discourse that the more one happens to know about a given subject, the more amazing one finds the brazen ignorance that passes for publi

The United States never held a large number of direct colonies, a fact that has prompted many political leaders to declare it the great exception to colonialism.

"This is a story about a spy," writes Millicent Dillon in Harry Gold: A Novel.

Blogs

The Chilean Oscar nominee for best foreign language film has just been released in the US.

March 14, 2013

The group's career suffered over Natalie Maines' comment against invading Iraq.

March 10, 2013

We’ve come a long way, but we’ve a long way to go in progress for women’s rights.

March 9, 2013

The filmmaker called out the website for its suggestion that the Palestinian director’s detention was a “publicity stunt.“

February 26, 2013

Sixto Rodriguez, subject of the best documentary choice, wrote hard-hitting folk songs, including several that became anthems for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

February 25, 2013

The Academy Awards this year were supposed to be “political.” A reminder of a time when that word really meant something.

February 25, 2013

This year’s Oscars swung the pendulum from strangely apolitical to peddled propaganda.

February 25, 2013

The author recounts his long, difficult struggle to expose the truth about atrocities.

February 11, 2013

When conservatives challenge curricula like they did last week in Fairfax County, Virginia, they reveal fundamental tensions in liberal education that aren’t going away.

February 11, 2013

A collaborative musical project he helped found carries on the Nation contributor’s legacy.

January 30, 2013