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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.

Chinua Achebe

A revealing question: Why has V.S. Naipaul come to be much better known in the West than the great African writer Chinua Achebe?

The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

Blogs

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

A new book shows that incidents like the My Lai massacre were part of the widescale killing of non-combatants.

January 30, 2013

The documentary on covert operations around the world takes home the Cinematography award.

January 27, 2013

The promising new film is said to be based on the memoir of folkie Dave Van Ronk.

January 25, 2013

Was this the wildest football game ever?

December 31, 2012

In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is on a mission to show his Sundance-award winning movie, The House I Live In, to prisoners across the country. On a Friday in December, he went to New Yor}ks biggest jail.

December 21, 2012

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012