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A vast new art exhibition will attempt to reconnect the heartland to our nation's artistic genius.

Proposition 8, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Civil Unions? Nation Senior Editor Richard Kim and writer Reihan Salam talk it all out on Bloggingheads.tv.

Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.

A discussion with the author of Ill Fares the Land about social democracy, trains and our desiccated ethical vocabulary.

Morris Dickstein's elegant cultural history of the Great Depression.

Like the terrorist, the sex offender is a new category of human being.

Malcolm Gladwell's success as a brand-name thinker rests on the assumption that the unexamined life is the only sort his readers could be living.

Nation contributor Barbara Ehrenreich presents Bright Sided, her new book about the negative aspect of positive thinking.

Eliot Weinberger's enigmatic essays save him from becoming a prisoner of his polemical style.

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October 27, 2014

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October 20, 2014

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