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Duncan Wu (left) and Carolyn Forché

By privileging historical catastrophe, a new poetry anthology narrows the definition of art.

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City

Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.

A former public school teacher and union organizer picks his favorites.

A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

A still from Infiltrators (2012), by Khaled Jarrar

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

Cofán women near a pool of oil in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, 2005.

How law firms and lobbyists protect and whitewash petroleum dictatorships.

Children in Varanasi, India, wearing masks of Narendra Modi, April 24, 2014

Why India’s boom years have been a bust.

Nadine Gordimer

The Nobel laureate’s short stories are her lasting legacy to the literary world.

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

Blogs

“A new deal is needed in the world,” The Nation said, but FDR was not the man to deliver it.

January 30, 2015

The new political correctness is real, even if it isn’t always wrong.

January 29, 2015

“For two days the snow has had New York in its power.”

January 27, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 1/22/15?

January 23, 2015

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

“Stone may leave the country,” the late essayist wrote of the late novelist, &ldquot;but it’s America confounded that he finds wherever he goes.”

January 14, 2015

A 1917 Nation reviewer takes issue with Joyce’s “brilliant and nasty variety of pseudo-realism.”

January 13, 2015

The new documentary following Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts provides important context to necessary change for global reproductive rights.

January 12, 2015

Eric Alterman on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Reed Richardson's tips for navigating the upcoming 2016 election.

January 12, 2015