Cultural Criticism and Analysis

Walt Whitman Walt Whitman

In 1848, 29-year-old Walt Whitman was for three months a reporter for the Daily Crescent in New Orleans, writing fluff pieces about local color and charm as seen through Yankee...

Jul 2, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Richard Gambino

American Rebels American Rebels


Jul 2, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Jack Newfield

Hors de Combat Hors de Combat

She's the ultimate quick-change artist, with a style that can absorb any trend and an image to match. She's gone from material girl to S/M maitresse, from power diva to content...

Apr 9, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Richard Goldstein

War and Remembrance War and Remembrance

In a provocative book published recently in Germany, a Hamburg scholar named Klaus Briegleb appeared to take on the entire national literary establishment for indulging in self...

Mar 13, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Hugh Eakin

Neo-Macho Man Neo-Macho Man

Say what you will about oil and hegemony, but the pending invasion of Iraq is more than just a geopolitical act. It's also the manifestation of a cultural attitude.

Mar 6, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Richard Goldstein

Mary McCarthy at 90 Mary McCarthy at 90

Mary McCarthy would have turned 90 on June 21, a fact that is itself astonishing to those who remember her flagrant youth, when her sharp style made her the most feared and forthri...

Aug 15, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Morris Dickstein

1776 and All That 1776 and All That

The country is riven and ailing, with a guns-plus-butter nuttiness in some of its governing echelons and the sort of lapsed logic implicit in the collapse of trust in money-center...

Jul 3, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Edward Hoagland

In Cold Type In Cold Type

Southern Exposure, which somehow looks--even in its third decade, in the twenty-first century--as if very advanced high school students had just stapled it together and put it on ...

Jun 27, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Amy Wilentz

Riders on the Storm Riders on the Storm

Dread ripples through me as I listen to a phone message from our manager saying that we (The Doors) have another offer of huge amounts of money if we would just allow one of our s...

Jun 20, 2002 / Books & the Arts / John Densmore


How their wealth and power threaten democracy

Jun 20, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Kevin Phillips