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Perhaps one of the most fatuous theories ever promulgated was Francis Fukuyama's "End of History," put forth just as, in most parts of the world, history resumed its sanguinary progress as soon a

I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the American withdrawal from Vietnam hard upon us, readers and viewers may well be treated to a multitude of reprises of the arguments surrounding the war and

In Moby-Dick, in the chapter "The Fossil Whale," Ishmael proclaims: "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme." The theme of Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde--well, it's a

A woman I know once agreed to take a young Asian child to visit a school in New York, to which her distant parents considered sending her.

Since you presumably know the basics about the Holocaust--if you don't, I would suggest that a movie review is no place to learn them--I will jump to the main question about The Specialist

After Troy

Not quite putting on what little power or knowledge
pigeons lay claim to, she nonetheless bids them come.
Launched off cornices,

Shortly before he died, Bruce Chatwin found God. This was on top of Mount Athos, after which he left for Katmandu. Looking down from the bees and grapes, he had seen an iron cross on a wet rock.

It is delightfully ironic that a site has been approved for the construction of a monument in Martin Luther King Jr.'s name on the Washington Mall, given that in the last months of his life, King

Were I to tell you that Rules of Engagement features a protracted fistfight between Samuel L.

Blogs

The New Public offers a powerful look at poverty’s impact on education.

November 11, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

Remembering Lou Reed.

October 30, 2013

The debate continues...

October 28, 2013

Singing against apartheid and for Tibetan freedom, working with Amnesty International and standing with Occupy Wall Street, he was an artist who spoke up and showed up.

October 27, 2013

The American songwriter is just one of many who have interpreted Beethoven's beloved Ode to Joy. 

October 27, 2013

Now, that's what we call circular.

October 22, 2013

On the occasion of Showtime’s new miniseries, reflections on how the world changed when women learned to demand men give them orgasms.

October 7, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013