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How the American right’s obsession with male status legitimated the transition to a neoliberal ethos.

The students at Bunker Hill Community College may have difficult lives. But the best are as bright as any Ivy Leaguer.

Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.

Citizen Vidal

As an elegant essayist and critic of empire, Gore Vidal had no peer. Oh, how the Republic misses its persistent suitor!

The values of the market have come to permeate every aspect of our society.

A “Hidden Mother” tintype

In The Conflict, the French intellectual takes American mothering to task.

Marine LePen

Americans who worry about dangerous trends overseas should take a look at warning signs much closer to home.

No one who has succeeded in America actually did it on his or her own.

James Wolcott

The critic James Wolcott has been gamely fighting losing battles for most of his career.

Blogs

The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

New novels, poetry and short-story collections from up-and-coming and established writers of color.

September 24, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

If you’re under the false impression that the world is falling into utter moral disrepair, turn your eyes toward Pompeii.

July 26, 2012

On the late Daniel Bell, the very archetype of a committed liberal intellectual, and The New Republic's Marty Peretz, plus reader mail.

January 27, 2011