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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.

Never in history until the Soviet Union collapsed eight years ago had a great empire gone through such cataclysmic changes and accepted such staggering territorial losses without suffering defeat

The plan to take Israeli athletes hostage during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was conceived at a cafe on the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, in the shadow of the Pantheon and the tomb of Raphael.

He looks like a pear that's going bad. Tall, corpulent and much the worse for gravity, W.S.

Not since Charlton Heston painted the Sistine Chapel has there been so epic a film about arts patronage as Cradle Will Rock. Heston, you will recall, had to cope only with the Vatican.

The fifties may have been the last great moment when Americans entrusted their dreams of transformation to the material world.

Blogs

The danger to orcas—and humans.

December 11, 2013

Proust, a reviewer wrote in 1921, “may not be what his hero set out to be in his childhood, the greatest writer in the world, but he is one of those.”

December 7, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

Eric on coffee table books and Reed on the problem with centrism-for-centrism's-sake.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013

Charlotte Hays’s “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?” reveals a right that’s stopped masking its contempt for average Americans.

November 21, 2013

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Arendt's life and work have been debated in our pages possibly more than those of any other twentieth-century philosopher.

November 16, 2013