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Blessed with a pitch-perfect name for his métier, Lester Bangs
wrote on the subject of rock music--writing, for him, being a matter of
slamming two nouns together so their heads rang, an

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.

Blogs

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

What's really bothering us is not whether torture works but that Americans are torturers.

December 14, 2012

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Coming in as #15 on the New York Times bestseller list this Sunday, this revisionist history from a left perspective will reach more Americans than any other account in recent decades.

November 30, 2012

Check out new releases from Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and Peter Frampton.

November 30, 2012