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A womanizing gospel king and black-pride pop star, Sam
Cooke led a short life filled with contradiction.

Joseph Horowitz diligently lays out the immense problems that face American classical music today, and his warnings cannot go unheeded.

Barbara Ehrenreich probes a deeper level of white-collar angst: people who lose or quit their corporate jobs and routinely spend months, even years, finding another.

It has almost become a sadness to review a novel by Salman Rushdie. Shalimar the Clown is no exception.

It can't be easy to rein in a writer as successful as Zadie Smith. Her new novel, On Beauty, proves it's almost impossible.

Orgasms used to be a secret, then they became a right.
Now they're a duty. It's time to explode the myths.

Daniel Fuchs's The Golden West is best read as an
author's requiem for the Hollywood he loved.

The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist
Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

Recent movies including War of the Worlds and Land of the Dead reflect today's political landscape.

Adam Kirsch prefers his own ideas about poetry to actual
poems.

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