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June 8, 2021
The Anti-Nostalgia of Walker Evans
A recent biography reveals the many contradictions of the photographer who fastidiously documented postwar American life.
May 4, 2021
Graham Greene’s God
As a new biography shows, the British novelist was always haunted by, and uncertain about, his own faith.
April 30, 2021
Philip Roth and His Defensive Fans Are Their Own Worst Enemies
Why did it take a sexual assault scandal to raise red flags about a deeply flawed biography?
April 28, 2021
Blake Bailey’s Life as a Man
The disgraced writer’s Philip Roth biography is a document of a misogynist literary world. But I had to read the book to get the whole story.
April 20, 2021
Joe From Scranton
Since Biden has taken office, he has signed a wide array of legislation into law. But once the more immediate emergencies have passed, will he have the will and desire to enact a set of more radical and permanent policies?
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April 19, 2021
Was Marx Also a Social Democrat?
In a new book, Shlomo Avineri explores the social democratic impulses and Jewish origins of Karl Marx.
April 5, 2021
The General, the Mistress, and the Love Stories That Blind Us
Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez discusses her new book on Isabel Cooper, a Filipina American actress and Douglas MacArthur’s lover.
March 23, 2021
Lady Bird Johnson’s Influence in the LBJ Administration Was Minimized for Far Too Long
Ignoring women’s contributions isn’t just an issue of fairness. The problem is that we simply get our history wrong.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
January 29, 2021
Does Christopher Hitchens Need an Authorized Biography?
Attempts by the former
columnist’s widow and literary agent to police a biography are both futile and short-sighted.
November 17, 2020
Letters From the November 11/December 7, 2020, Issue