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No Man's Land Near Lens, France

Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

For Margaret Thatcher as for today’s happiness industry, there is no such thing as society.

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Harper Library, University of Chicago

Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Blogs

In 2013, a song like “I Touch Myself” is less shocking than it once was. But it is still revolutionary.

April 22, 2013

Press coverage is hasty, error-prone and frequently depressing—but it nonetheless plays a vital role in our society.

April 18, 2013

Cable TV’s top hit is used to justify every political point of view—right or left, pro-NRA or pro-gun control, even pro-sequester or pro-stimulus.

April 5, 2013

A new book argues that the media failed to grasp the frightening extremism of the anti-immigrant border patrols of a few years ago—and wraps it in a thrilling true-crime tale.

April 3, 2013

Julian Assange himself has criticized the film, but the director says Assange should watch it first.

April 3, 2013

In the wake of Citizens United, big campaign donors are buying off not only politicians, but also the local news networks that cover them.

March 21, 2013

The lead-up to the Iraq War ten years ago shows us how the media today falsely correlates importance and exclusivity.

March 14, 2013

The Chilean Oscar nominee for best foreign language film has just been released in the US.

March 14, 2013

The group's career suffered over Natalie Maines' comment against invading Iraq.

March 10, 2013

We’ve come a long way, but we’ve a long way to go in progress for women’s rights.

March 9, 2013