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

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.

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"We know we are beautiful. And ugly too."

May 22, 2015

“Boy, what you got to smile about? You in jail, you know.” “Sheriff,” he answered, “you just wouldn’t understand. I’m smiling because I’m free.”

May 21, 2015

"A marvelous achievement was accomplished in a faultless manner by a young American who embodies within himself the finest American characteristics."

May 20, 2015

“This is the story of a man struck down on his way to becoming a revolutionary and a liberator of his people.”

May 19, 2015

"I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty, and Christian teaching."

May 18, 2015

"The decision was a fine antidote to the blight of McCarthyism and kindred fevers."

May 17, 2015

"A vast enthusiasm for new laws and a vast indifference after their enactment is very much the American [way]."

May 16, 2015

“A gender (or racial) breakthrough at the top of any powerful institution is a welcome sight. But…”

May 15, 2015

"Jewish authorities...have set up an agency to control the properties of Arabs who fled as the Jews took over; businesses are being managed where possible; vineyards and other farms are being tended and their produce used, but the assets conserved for the legal owners."

May 14, 2015

“His face was puffed and sore. He dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief, revealing bruised knuckles. …He sat dazed, stupefied from punishment. Again he dabbed his eyes.”

May 13, 2015