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New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.

The Berkeley law professor's carte blanche constitutionalism was a gift
to the Bush Administration, offering legalistic justifications for
lawless behavior.

Performance artist Karen Finley answers questions about politics,
satire and her new book, a fantasy affair between George W. Bush and
Martha Stewart.

'Hello, Goodbye' is now just goodbye.

Jerome Charyn's Savage Shorthand: The Life and Death of Isaac
Babel
examines the life the revolutionary idealist murdered by
Stalin in 1940 and explodes the literary myths that have thus far
defined his works.

Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost plumbs the
mysteries of losing oneself and finding oneself in the realm of the
utter unknown.

By writing a novel about a conventional novelist writing about a
conventional man, J.M. Coetzee's latest work illuminates the role of
the novel and cuts through typical and tired theories on fiction.

The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men seems designed as a calculated assault on the reader.

Sean Wilsey's new memoir is a vulnerable, aching, unresolved account of growing up rich amid San Francisco's high society.

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You can imagine what would be our own emotional response if two Russians were sentenced to death for supplying information to us while we were allied with Russia.

March 29, 2015

It should have been clear that one self-serving segment of our society was pushing the rest of us into the arms of a technology that could not tolerate, nor contain, a major accident.

March 28, 2015

Pulp Fiction hits you like a jolt of adrenaline,” Stuart Klawans wrote in his 1994 review.

March 27, 2015

To kill somebody for a cause you don’t believe in is potentially worse than being killed yourself, because those scars last forever.

March 26, 2015

“Whatever [Israel’s] reasons for postponing a termination date on the occupation,” The Nation observed, “the sooner it sets one the better.”

March 26, 2015

The Nation, oddly, didn't take notice of the fire until a year later.

March 25, 2015

“The whole corporate system of extraction and consumption that has proved so profitable and disaster-prone must be challenged,” The Nation observed.

March 24, 2015

“There is only one shield against chaos,” the historian E.P. Thompson wrote in The Nation. “It is time to put it in repair.”

March 23, 2015

“Grand Coulee is magnificent,” The Nation observed. “But don’t call it planning.”

March 22, 2015

The Nation supported the boycott, but not for Carter’s reasons.

March 21, 2015