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December 27, 2021
The Anti-Intellectual Intellectuals of the Conservative Movement
Why is Mark Levin’s
December 13, 2021
The Making of Tom Stoppard
How mistaken identity and acts of reinvention define the life and work of the British playwright.
December 8, 2021
Elizabeth Hardwick’s Life of the Mind
The first biography of the critic and novelist examines the personal costs of devoting oneself to intellectual pursuit.
December 6, 2021
The Question Dave Hickey Dared to Ask
His work and life were committed to the trickiest of queries: Why do people despise critics?
David Schurman Wallace
November 16, 2021
Letters From the November 29/December 6, 2021, Issue
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November 11, 2021
Kurt Vonnegut’s Prescient Insight Into Veterans’ Trauma
Well before PTSD became an official diagnosis, his classic novel
described the psychic wounds of war.
November 3, 2021
Why Mike Nichols Was the Egalitarian Auteur
Mark Harris’s biography of the filmmaker shows that one cannot be an auteur without some help.
October 29, 2021
The Moral and Magical Political Fictions of Carolina de Robertis
The Uruguayan American novelist’s
The President and the Frog
asks us to consider: What does it mean to be a good political actor?
October 4, 2021
Was Jimmy Carter an Outlier?
Politicians say things to get elected and then, once in office, do otherwise; that’s politics. But Carter demanded that we grade him on a curve.
July 28, 2021
What Happened to Andrew Cuomo?
tracks how the son of a progressive New York governor transformed into one focused on one thing above all else: power.