Wideman’s Ghosts

A profound sense of hope and despair haunts John Edgar Wideman’s new work of nonfiction.

Jesse McCarthy

Bruce Springsteen’s Redemption Song

The musician delivers a flawed but exquisitely moving and detailed new memoir.

David Hajdu

One Flew Over Bellevue

As little as David Oshinsky might care to admit it, the idea that Bellevue is a place for “crazies” has stuck in our cultural consciousness.

Nathan Smith
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Would Politics Be Better Off Without Anger?

Martha Nussbaum’s new book about the dangers of anger tells us more about the limits of the liberal mindset than the actual world of politics.  

Amia Srinivasan

Responsible Hedonists

Emily Witts new book, Future Sex, captures the ways in which free love and countercultural experiments are no longer as liberating as they once seemed.

J.C. Pan

Criticism in the Twilight

What role can the critic play in today’s uncertain times?

Nicholas Dames

The Fall Books Issue

Baby Hamlet

Ian McEwan’s latest novel returns to a recurring theme—the breakup of the modern family.
Joanna Biggs

At least since Freud proposed that Hamlet delayed the murder of his uncle because of an unresolved Oedi­pus complex, Shakespeare’s play has been seen as a psychoanalytic chamber piece. For modern readers, the fact that Hamlet is about a difficult moment in a royal succession pales next to the adultery,… Continue Reading >


A Tribe Called Quest: Thank Them for Their Service

The group returned just when we needed it.

Marcus J. Moore

Cosmopolitan Pop

DJ /rupture and MIA capture the new global spirit of pop music.

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Darcy James Argue’s Terrific Thrill

A staggeringly ambitious album explores the themes of cultural paranoia and false truth.

David Hajdu


Those Wondrous Powers

What Arrival offers is so valuable that you might almost choose to pretend that someone knew we were going to need this picture after Trump’s election.

Stuart Klawans

History on Trial, On-Screen

Challenging Holocaust deniers was messier in real life than in the new film Denial.

D.D. Guttenplan

Four Standouts From the New York Film Festival

I Am Not Your Negro, Moonlight, 13th, and I Called Him Morgan.

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