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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
Cultural Criticism and Analysis news and analysis from The Nation
May 19, 2017
Factory or Forest, Modernity and Climate Change
In India, the pathology of denial about global warming reveals the real crisis at our door—one of imagination.
May 3, 2017
George Saunders’s Lincoln
The novel ‘
Lincoln in the Bardo’
examines the Civil War as the root of America’s violent past—and as a possible source of empathy that might release us from it.
May 3, 2017
The Fight Over Sexual Freedom
Geoffrey Stone’s book is a powerful reminder that the history of sexual equality is one of backlash as well as progress.
April 27, 2017
The Corporatization of the Web Has Thinned Out Our Culture and Undermined American Democracy
In his new book
Move Fast and Break Things
, Jonathan Taplin argues that, among its many downsides, the digital revolution has diminished our very humanity.
April 26, 2017
Marshall Berman’s ‘Marxism With Soul’
Berman was committed not just to the radical promise of socialism and modernism, but to those masterpieces and revolutions that seemed to erupt out of our lives.
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April 25, 2017
Can the Pain of Others Be Transmuted Into Art?
While Dana Schutz’s
has received the lion’s share of attention
much of the Whitney Biennial seems to seek out controversy.
April 19, 2017
Inside the Birth of a Trump-Inspired Intellectual Magazine
, one gets the sense that avoiding policy questions is as much a strategy as a politics.
April 18, 2017
What America’s 19th-century Reformers and Radicals Missed
A new book on the antebellum period captures the dangers of confusing self-improvement with institutional change.
April 17, 2017
It’s Time to Resurrect the Counterculture Movement
The largest progressive mobilization since the Vietnam era offers a unique opportunity.
April 12, 2017
‘Thought Leaders’ and the Plutocrats Who Love Them
The wealthy have taken over intellectual culture, and it’s devastating progressive politics.