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February 22, 2016 Issue

Cover art by: Victor Juhasz

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  • Books and the Arts

    Vladimir Sorokin’s Absurdist Excess

    Even the Russian author’s most sincere explorations tend toward brutal deadpan satire, cartoonish extremes of violence, comically unsexy sex, and flatulence.

    Ben Ehrenreich

  • In Praise of Lawrence Alloway

    The former Nation art critic was a great intellectual resource among art writers in the 1960s and ’70s, and a revival of his work is under way.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • The Trials of Aaron Swartz

    A collection of Swartz’s writings is a record of a mind thinking, beautifully, against itself.

    Ava Kofman

  • Israel’s Willful Blindness

    Two films explore why the Israeli peace movement collapsed, and, taken together, might advance you toward an answer.

    Stuart Klawans

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