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The Nobel Prize-winning author talks about Barack Obama, the writer; language; and her new novel, A Mercy.

What possessed the fierce individualist George R. Stewart to compile a history of place-naming in the United States?

Studs Terkel's longtime publisher looks back on the historian's remarkable career.

Edward Rothstein separates Studs Terkel's politics from his oral history, proving he doesn't understand the man's legacy at all.

Veteran journalist Dick Meyer discusses America's love-hate relationship with itself.

Five books explore the sorrows and moral complexity of Irène
Némirovsky and others who suffered Nazi persecution in France.

Why do conservatives continue to feel oppressed by the "liberal elite"?

How refreshing it would be if a presidential candidate reminded us of the experience of the New Deal.

Today's progressive message-makers can learn a lot from Franklin Roosevelt's homey "fireside chats."

The US public is wonderfully diverse, but the arts are not equally accessible to all.


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