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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
Cultural Criticism and Analysis news and analysis from The Nation
June 19, 2017
Mary Gaitskill Remains Open to Opposition
The closest thing we get to a precept in
Somebody with a Little Hammer
is that we should all try to learn to think for ourselves—and, even then, things can go wrong.
June 5, 2017
Al Franken Is Not Running for President
But his new book is the antidote to Trumpism.
June 1, 2017
The Quiet Discontent of Sarah Manguso
The essayist and poet has made an art out of concision. But what do her essays leave out?
May 31, 2017
How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers
Joel Whitney talks about his book
, which exposes the agency’s corruption of American culture during the Cold War.
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.
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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.
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.