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May 11, 2015 Issue

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  • Books & the Arts

    The Old Consciousness

    Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.

    Leo Robson

  • In Our Orbit: Vigilance

    In Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom, the Underground Railroad is a network of dignity and defiance.

    Richard Kreitner

  • Rivalries

    Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

    Stuart Klawans


  • Shelf Life

    “There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

    Ari Berman
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