Books and Ideas

Scoop Jackson holding a model plane

Biden’s Cold War Nostalgia Is Dooming His Presidency Biden’s Cold War Nostalgia Is Dooming His Presidency

Missile scares and military Keynesianism won’t win voters who want domestic reform.

Feb 26, 2024 / Jeet Heer

Then–US President Donald Trump holds a Bible outside of St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2020. Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation after days of protests against police brutality.

Hit Trump on Theocracy, Not Hypocrisy Hit Trump on Theocracy, Not Hypocrisy

The former president’s alliance with religious fanatics is a far bigger problem than his lack of piety.

Feb 23, 2024 / Jeet Heer

The Genius of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Genius of Nuri Bilge Ceylan The Genius of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

About Dry Grasses is long, dense, elliptical—and brilliant.

Feb 26, 2024 / Books & the Arts / A.S. Hamrah

Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”

Can We Afford to Sit Out the Fight Against Fascism? Can We Afford to Sit Out the Fight Against Fascism?

Choosing the lesser evil is never inspiring. Still, it’s a choice all of us will have to face.

Feb 20, 2024 / Editorial / D.D. Guttenplan

Mikhail Gorbachev

To Seek Peace in Ukraine, Remember the End of the Cold War To Seek Peace in Ukraine, Remember the End of the Cold War

US-Russia relations once seemed so promising after the collapse of the USSR. An honest look at how they soured can help us understand today’s conflicts.

Feb 22, 2024 / Comment / Anatol Lieven

An illustration of interior design, 1951.

The Bad Politics of Good Taste The Bad Politics of Good Taste

Nathalie Olah’s exploration of the ethics of tastefulness dissects the class-bounded nature of most social and cultural mores.

Feb 15, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Lauren Kelly

A US border patrol agent on patrol near La Joya, Tex., 2013.

The Border Bill, Republican Congressmen, and Trump The Border Bill, Republican Congressmen, and Trump

Feb 20, 2024 / Column / Calvin Trillin

Cross-section illustration depicting a family in their underground lead fallout shelter, equipped with a geiger counter, periscope, air filter, etc., early 1960s.

Why Billionaires Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse Why Billionaires Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse

In Survival of the Richest, Douglas Rushkoff gets to the bottom of the tech oligarchy’s fixation on protecting themselves from the end times.

Feb 14, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Jared Marcel Pollen

A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again

A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again A Granddaughter of Genocide Survivors Dreams of Never Again

A walk though Gaza with Raphael Lemkin, the father of the UN convention on genocide.

Feb 22, 2024 / Feature / Dana Mashoian Walrath

What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Democratic Majority? What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

Today the march of class dealignment feels like an inexorable fact of American political life. But is it?

Feb 19, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Matthew Karp

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