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Books and Ideas
Cultural Criticism and Analysis
August 18, 2015
August 18, 1958: Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ Is Published in the US
by high art transmutes persons, motives and actions which in ordinary life are considered indecent, into objects of delight, compassion and contemplation.”
August 16, 2015
August 16, 1977: Elvis Presley Dies
The myth of the King “allows us to cling to the notion that art is pure and society is corrupt and corrupting.”
August 13, 2015
August 13, 1899: Alfred Hitchcock is Born
“Even his means are ends.”
August 11, 2015
Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?
During Vietnam, it felt like the war sat right on America’s doorstep. Today, we’ve largely disengaged from the terror our military commits.
August 7, 2015
U2 and the Art of Digital Compromise
How social media brought its own set of troubles to U2’s latest tour.
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August 6, 2015
Death and Destruction in the Wake of Nagasaki
Five teenagers who survived the atomic bomb recall the early moments of the nuclear age.
August 6, 2015
Comedians Debate: Is Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ Sexist, or the New Feminism?
The feminist comedian and filmmaker is everywhere—and her fans’ expectations are mounting.
August 4, 2015
70 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Apologized for Bombing Japan
We’ve somehow convinced ourselves that Hiroshima was an act of mercy.
August 3, 2015
Washington Has a New Plan to Tackle Domestic Terrorism and It Probably Won’t Work
But enacting gun control laws and investing in support services for America’s children might.
Karen J. Greenberg
July 30, 2015
Paul Beatty’s Savage Satire
takes aim at black middle-class foibles and fantasies.