Cultural Criticism and Analysis

The Business of Theory The Business of Theory

The last decade or two have witnessed an insidious shift in American culture, one that goes to the heart of the way we talk about our society.

Jan 29, 2004 / Books & the Arts / William Deresiewicz

Lost Causes Lost Causes

Nations, like individuals, sustain trauma, mourn and recover. And like individuals they survive by making sense of what has befallen them, by constructing a narrative of loss a...

Nov 6, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Thomas Laqueur

Starting Out in the ’50s Starting Out in the ’50s

The best memoirs of recent years reveal "The Way We Live Now" as well as or better than most contemporary fiction.

Oct 23, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Dan Wakefield

Shooting Wars Shooting Wars

In her new book, Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag's focus is upon theaters of war and the way in which photographers have interpreted their role in the production of ...

Sep 18, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Peter Wollen

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

Round the World in 80 Ways Round the World in 80 Ways

John Ghazvinian is completing a PhD at Oxford University on the early history of tourism.

Jan 13, 2000 / Books & the Arts / John Ghazvinian