Cultural Criticism and Analysis

Prosaic Judgments Prosaic Judgments

Adam Kirsch prefers his own ideas about poetry to actual poems.

Jun 29, 2005 / Books & the Arts / John Palattella

The Theater of Cruelty The Theater of Cruelty

The detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib were both a continuation and a divergence from historical prison practices.

Jun 29, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Amitav Ghosh

The Heart of the Matter The Heart of the Matter

Graham Greene remains a compelling figure in this moment of moral bankruptcy.

Jun 23, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Matt Steinglass

Look at Me Look at Me

Camile Paglia, pundit of poetry.

May 26, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Lee Siegel

Just My Imagination Just My Imagination

Russell Jacoby's study of utopian thought is a flawed treasure.

May 26, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Terry Eagleton

Terkel Talks Terkel Talks

Studs diagnoses a national Alzheimer's disease.

May 16, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Jonathan Cott

Cartoon Wars Cartoon Wars

Once upon a time, a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham went on a tear over Wonder Woman.

Feb 3, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Richard Goldstein

The Moviegoer The Moviegoer

If Herbert Marcuse and Senator Joseph McCarthy had gone to a movie together in the late 1950s--and that could only happen in a movie--they would have walked out, probably not tog...

Jan 27, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Lee Siegel

Men in Dark Times Men in Dark Times

"I am very happy to see so many flowers here and that is why I want to remind you that flowers, by themselves, have no power whatsoever, other than the power of men and women who...

Jan 20, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Russell Jacoby

Subcontinental Homesick Blues Subcontinental Homesick Blues

Nearly twenty years ago, in a village in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, a young woman called Roop Kanwar was burned to death at her husband's funeral pyre.

Dec 9, 2004 / Books & the Arts / Siddhartha Deb