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Books & the Arts
April 21, 2017
New Cinema: ‘Norman’ and ‘Obit’
At a time when big names are everywhere,
are movies lovingly dedicated to the virtues of the small and the anonymous.
April 20, 2017
Obama From the Rearview Mirror
The former president didn’t lose the argument with the right; he chose not to wage it.
Robert L. Borosage
April 19, 2017
Inside the Birth of a Trump-Inspired Intellectual Magazine
, one gets the sense that avoiding policy questions is as much a strategy as a politics.
April 18, 2017
What America’s 19th-century Reformers and Radicals Missed
A new book on the antebellum period captures the dangers of confusing self-improvement with institutional change.
April 6, 2017
Is Our Common Humanity a Discovery or an Invention?
A new book offers a panoramic view of how we came to recognize each other as equals.
The Nation is reader supported.
April 5, 2017
What Did Equality Mean for the Founders?
Three new books on the early republic explore the critical, if contested, role equality has played in shaping American political culture.
April 4, 2017
Le Pen’s Long Shadow
If you want to understand the wave of right-wing populism erupting in Europe and the United States, France is a good place to start.
David A. Bell
March 30, 2017
The Red Emigrant
For Isaac Deutscher, exile helped him discover his real community—the internationalist left.
March 29, 2017
Ali Smith’s Novel of Disintegration
’s recurring themes is our willed blindness to what threatens our sense of order—from climate change to financial and political insecurity.
March 28, 2017
Terence Davies’s Counter-Séance
A Quiet Passion
doesn’t pretend to recall the skeptical spirit of Emily Dickinson to the land of the living but rather projects you into her departed world.