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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
Cultural Criticism and Analysis news and analysis from The Nation
August 31, 2022
How Emmett Till’s Death Led to the Invention of the “Liberal Media”
The young Black man’s murder is an outrage that still haunts our history. So do the lies in the media set in motion by the discovery of his mutilated body 67 years ago today.
August 25, 2022
Searching for Local Identity in “The Bear” and “Chicago Party Aunt”
The FX drama and Netflix animation both attempt to embody the city of Chicago. That’s an increasingly difficult task when the city itself is a jumbled simulacrum of its own past.
August 24, 2022
Howard Zinn at 100: Remembering “The People’s Historian”
Zinn made no pretense of neutrality. He believed that “in a world of conflict,” it was the historian’s job to advocate for the oppressed.
August 18, 2022
Salman Rushdie Joins Indian Writers on 75 Years of Independence
Shortly before he was attacked, Rushdie joined with dozens of Indian literary artists to lament the rise of Hindu nationalism and the fragile state of the country’s democracy.
August 1, 2022
The Sophist Network
Justin E.H. Smith’s recent book is a prime example of how a certain realm of philosophical thinking misunderstands the material impact of the Internet.
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July 26, 2022
Letters From the August 8/15, 2022, Issue
generation… Maier and McCarthyism…
July 14, 2022
Resurrecting the American Century Is a Huge Mistake
It’s time to focus on the more modest goal of salvaging a unified American republic
Andrew J. Bacevich
July 11, 2022
The Rise of Bad Art and the Decline of Political Candor
Though the language of cliché has switched from the middle-class respectability of the 1950s to our current obsessions with “inclusion” and concern for the marginalized, the practice of washing our clean linen in public endures in our culture.
June 27, 2022
How Gayness Changed During My Lifetime
When I came out, I steeled myself to join a minority—only to find that my identity had become a marketing niche.
June 17, 2022
The January 6 Hearings Are Mired in an Attempt to Refurbish the GOP Brand
In sorting out good Republicans from bad, the hearings keep getting lost in an insider game.