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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.

"Making Choices" at MoMA

In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey bullies a series of small children, gets into senseless fights (on the grounds that "he started it") and reverts hungrily to breast-feeding.

William Randolph Hearst is one of those people we all know was very, very famous but are never quite sure why, or what we are to think of him.

At a quarter to 3 in the afternoon on March 14, 1883, one of the world's brainiest men, Karl Marx, ceased to think. He passed away peacefully in his favorite armchair.

Blogs

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

In fact, says theater director Anne Bogart, stories can be “fascistic.”

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014