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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
Cultural Criticism and Analysis news and analysis from The Nation
February 2, 2023
Deference to Religion Has No Place in Higher Education
The controversy at Hamline over a painting of Muhammad shown in an art class demonstrates the danger of prioritizing religious beliefs over academic freedom.
January 31, 2023
The Long, Bitter History of Globalism
A conversation with Tara Zahra about the early-20th-century origins of globalism, how debates over a globalized world have morphed across a century, and her new book,
Against the World
January 27, 2023
Victor Navasky: An Avatar of the American Left, 1932–2023
, 1978–1995; editorial director and publisher, 1995–2005.
January 25, 2023
The Anxious Influences of Netflix’s “White Noise”
What has Noah Baumbach wrought in his adaptation of the 1985 postmodern novel?
January 23, 2023
The Strange Thrills of “The Crown”
While the infighting and personal lives of the British royals is boring, their desperate struggle to protect the monarchy makes for fine television.
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January 18, 2023
Was the True Meaning of Capitalism Forgotten?
A conversation with historian Michael Sonenscher about the tricky task of defining capitalism and his new book,
Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word
January 13, 2023
Norman Fruchter Was a Giant in the Fight for Education Equity
Fruchter, who passed away recently, was also a key figure in the New Left on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alix Kates Shulman
January 11, 2023
“The New Yorker” Goes All In on Our Precious Bodily Fluids
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the virus.
January 9, 2023
Hannah Arendt Was Really a Prophet Against Conformity
To the question of how totalitarian methods could ever draw the compliance of free citizens, she replied: through the enchantment of success.
December 22, 2022
Apocalypse No! Pseudo-Archaeology, Ancient Tech-Lords, and Ordinary People.
Why the Netflix series
is worth taking seriously. Hint: It’s not the science.