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The quinceañera has become a rite of passage for even the poorest Latina teens, another example of our most treasured rites debased at the cash register.

Driven by a tabloid episode from her own marriage, the novelist joins the debate over the mass marketing of trashy books to young black readers.

The lovelorn, fragile women the media once revered have given way to skank posses of the skinny, the slutty and the overindulged.

The Nation Cruise drops its final anchor and its highly politicized passengers head for home.

Veterans for Peace in Juneau greeted the Nation cruise when it docked in their city with a rally against the war.

When an ardently progressive magazine sponsors a cruise through the fragile waters off the coast of Alaska, the environmental, economic and human realities are ripe for contemplation.

In her latest shipboard dispatch, one passenger resists fear of global warming, is charmed by Rocky Anderson and manages not to do what so many others have contemplated.

Lois Gordon's new biography of Nancy Cunard brings the legendary heiress and activist back to life.

The last book in J.K. Rowling's saga is marked by throwaway references to a post-9/11 world and derivative insights that never add up to a coherent moral vision.


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