Cultural Criticism and Analysis

The Statue of Liberty

Patriotism’s Secret History Patriotism’s Secret History

Our most cherished national symbols—from the Pledge of Allegiance to "America the Beautiful" to Lady Liberty's poetry—are rooted in liberal ideals.

May 16, 2002 / Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks

The Loneliest Road The Loneliest Road

Late in the evening in back-road America you tend to pick the motels with a few cars parked in front of the rooms. There's nothing less appealing than an empty courtyard, with ma...

Apr 18, 2002 / Beat the Devil / Alexander Cockburn

Sensation Sensation

A friend and I were sitting around commiserating about the things that get to us: unloading small indignities, comparing thorns. "So there I was," she said, "sitting on the bus a...

Apr 18, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Patricia J. Williams

The Politics of Ethics The Politics of Ethics

By identifying ethics with civic virtue, we create an ethics of the left.

Mar 21, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Randy Cohen

Black Mischief Black Mischief

On East Capitol Street a few years ago, I was in a taxi when a car pulled suddenly and dangerously across our bow. My driver was white, with a hunter's cap and earmuffs and an inde...

Feb 14, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Christopher Hitchens

Society of the Spectacle Society of the Spectacle

The slogans scrawled across the walls of Paris in May 1968 suggest possibilities most of us have forgotten or that were long ago deemed preposterous. "Never work!" said one sloga...

Feb 7, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Jeremy Smith

Artistic Economics Artistic Economics

At work recently, I went to get a ham sandwich from the university cafeteria. I discovered, to my vocal dismay, that the well-loved food counter offering homemade fare had been t...

Jan 3, 2002 / Books & the Arts / David Hawkes

Which America Will We Be Now? Which America Will We Be Now?

September 11 showed us true American heroes. Now let's build on their strength.

Nov 1, 2001 / Books & the Arts / Bill Moyers

The Future of the Public Intellectual: A Forum The Future of the Public Intellectual: A Forum

The following debate is adapted from a forum--put together by Basic Books and held in New York City some weeks ago. Participating were: John Donatich, who moderated and is publis...

Jan 26, 2001 / Books & the Arts / Various Participants

Lennon’s Greatest Hits Lennon’s Greatest Hits

December 8, 2000: It was twenty years ago today that Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon outside the Dakota on West 72nd Street in New York City, bringing whatever was...

Nov 30, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Jon Wiener

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