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A page from a Kempter Calender belonging to W.G. Sebald’s grandfather

W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country.

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez’s vision of racial mixing as New World destiny.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

A scene from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor

Why a production of Prince Igor was a missed opportunity to call a truce between opera and dance.

John Banville, alias Benjamin Black

The only mystery about The Black-Eyed Blonde is when publishing derivative works became original.

E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain

Untitled (2005), by Ed Clark

Ed Clark and Lynda Benglis are still making art on a grand scale.

Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Blogs

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014