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Rian Malan

For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t necessarily mean one will attain it.

Charles Krauthammer

Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies.

Drawing for the film Other Faces (2011), by William Kentridge

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Hilton Als

Auntie man? Black writer? Negress? In The Women, Hilton Als is Hilton Als.

Eric Hobsbawm

Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.

The Book of My Lives, Aleksandar Hemon, Sarajevo, Radovan Karadzic,

How did everything a writer had known and loved come violently apart?

No one dies for poetry anymore, not even in Russia. Enter the oligarchs, who steer clear of Putin’s ire by sponsoring literary prizes.

A case of scientific misconduct at Harvard.

Image of Mercury taken by Messenger spacecraft

Punitive yet salvific, austerity is the ideology of a country that has turned against its own culture.

Blogs

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014