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In Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain, Stefan Collini encapsulates the paradoxes that dominate discussion of the English cultural landscape.

In The Seduction of Culture in German History, Wolf Lepenies reflects on shifting manifestations of German philosophy and culture and considers the lessons they offer for Europe and the United States.

Richard Lingeman's Double Lives explores the richness of
friendships between such literary lions as Hawthorne and Melville,
Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and Kerourac, Ginsberg and Cassidy.

Times Square may be the most dynamic urban space of the twentieth
century, but you wouldn't know it from reading Marshall Berman's On
the Town.

In Sound and Fury, sportswriter Dave Kindred examines the intersecting lives of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell.

In America at the Crossroads, Francis Fukuyama critiques the neoconservative movement and its disastrous defense of the Iraq War. But he remains fully committed to the unchecked use of American power.

Human Cargo and The Rights of Others chronicle the
plight of refugees and migrants, revealing how seemingly simple moral
positions can assume toxic political form.

If you missed the 1995 CUNY "Question of Identity" conference, the issue
of October magazine devoted to it, the "remarkable" essay on the
same subject in Diacritics or--even worse

Four new books explore the politics, culture and racial awareness of the hip-hop generation.

The American left is in a semi-comatose state, thanks to the
striking ideological transformation wrought by its neoconservative
battalions.

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