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Books and Ideas
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July 20, 2017
The Poetics of Jazz
A new book presents an alternative aesthetic history of jazz—and is also a challenge to all music critics.
David B. Hobbs
July 19, 2017
Trump’s Allies Are Taking Over the Media and Creating Their Own Reality
Is anybody paying attention?
July 18, 2017
Welcome to 2050. The ‘Climate Monster’ Has Arrived.
Here’s the future for a world that failed to act.
July 17, 2017
The Air We Breathe: A Conversation With Arundhati Roy
The writer discusses her new novel, love, justice, and Indian politics.
July 13, 2017
Letters From the July 31-August 7, 2017, Issue
Friend in the end… Pyrrhic impeachment… Defending the fourth estate… Backlash as whiplash…
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July 12, 2017
Martin Luther’s Revolution
The Protestant Reformation transformed not just Christianity but also our political and economic worlds.
July 11, 2017
A Billionaires’ Republic
American democracy has always been threatened by concentrations of wealth as much as those of power.
July 6, 2017
The Poet in James Comey’s Soul
The G-man as bard.
July 3, 2017
We Are the 99 Percent—Except for the Top 20 Percent of Us
In a new book, Richard V. Reeves argues that members of the upper middle class, not just the ultra-wealthy, are making our society profoundly unequal.
June 28, 2017
Socialism’s Past and Future
Axel Honneth’s new book seeks to give renewed meaning to the socialist ideal.