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The last decade of the twentieth century was not a happy one for the Mafia.

In his novel A Flag for Sunrise, Robert Stone invents this old American saying: "Mickey Mouse will see you dead." I have spent many profitable hours mulling over that coinage; and I've con

After thirty years spent building the Federation of American Scientists into one of the country's most valuable and venerable institutional voices for peace, democracy and real security, Jeremy S

In September 1940, with a weak heart and even frailer nerves, Walter Benjamin carried on an old smugglers' path in the French Pyrenean foothills a big black briefcase stuffed with a manuscript th

John Ghazvinian is completing a PhD at Oxford University on the early history of tourism.

At the time of writing, Carl Bromley had just returned from a pilgrimage to Truffaut's grave in Paris.

I would call Holy Smoke a drawing-room comedy if the film showed a drawing room, a comedy of manners if its characters had any.

The cold war has been over for a decade but it lingers on the American home front.

Our New Year's number is a mother goose with three eggs tucked behind. It could be a sign of cryptic rhymes and unhatched possibilities--or maybe of silliness, tailed by a lot of nothing.

Nelson Algren's 1961 review of Catch-22 is at www.thenation.com.

Blogs

“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

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

Nearly a third of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, but it’s an experience we almost never see on film.

June 5, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

If there’s one thing netizens love to do it is to express themselves, so please flood the FCC with your comments.

June 2, 2014