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Novalis's unfinished novel is a kaleidoscope of visions
and allegories of nature.

While Michael Jackson's 2005 trial was appalling, it was not the stuff of ordinary tabloid catharsis; there was not an unsullied soul within fifty miles of the courthouse.

"Social Security is the soft underbelly," says right-wing activist
Stephen Moore.

John Kenneth Galbraith was famous long ago as America's most widely read
economist, until his expansive understanding of economic liberalism was
pushed aside by political events and conservativ

The delegates may be there to discuss peace, but the cold war is in full bloom at the UN's San Francisco Conference.

After the Kinsey Report but before the first Penthouse Forum, John Updike wrote, "He kneels in a kind of sickness between her spread legs.

If we had four or five Abbott Joseph Lieblings in Iraq and Washington, it might be a different war, one in which those hugely amiable, observant and amusable souls could bring us the news that, y

I was introduced to Bernard-Henri Lévy this spring at a stop on his latest book tour. It was a few minutes before he was due to face the audience.

Unlike communism and socialism, trade unionism has rarely inspired published "second thoughts" by embittered apostates.

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“Where the subject is the Negro people, or the Negro person, Miss Brooks has gone considerably beyond…quaint and for-tourists-only self-consciousness,” a Nation critic observed.

May 5, 2015

“Swell packages aside, the ultimate thing about James Brown is the contradiction-healing groove,” a Nation critic once observed. “It’s like a brief return to paradise.”

May 3, 2015

"Hoover was not only the nation’s police chief; he filled a far more important post—he was its minister of internal security, an office of tremendous, if unacknowledged, power."

May 2, 2015

Each generation seems condemned to have to prove the obvious anew: slavery created the modern world, and the modern world’s divisions are the product of slavery.

May 1, 2015

“Hollywood will for a long time be in debt to Mr. Welles,” The Nation’s review predicted.

May 1, 2015

“It was once German and may be German again,” Thomas Mann wrote in The Nation, “to win respect and admiration by the human contribution, by the power of the sovereign spirit.”

April 30, 2015

“Rodney King is the symbol that links unleashed police racism in Los Angeles to the crisis of black life everywhere.”

April 29, 2015

“The decisive confrontation between the constitutionalists who want peace and the militarists who want war is close at hand.”

April 28, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015