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Non-fiction news and analysis from The Nation
September 5, 2017
The Messy Business of Free Speech
What’s missing from Floyd Abrams’s book
The Soul of the First Amendment
July 20, 2017
The Poetics of Jazz
A new book presents an alternative aesthetic history of jazz—and is also a challenge to all music critics.
David B. Hobbs
June 28, 2017
Socialism’s Past and Future
Axel Honneth’s new book seeks to give renewed meaning to the socialist ideal.
June 19, 2017
Mary Gaitskill Remains Open to Opposition
The closest thing we get to a precept in
Somebody with a Little Hammer
is that we should all try to learn to think for ourselves—and, even then, things can go wrong.
June 5, 2017
Al Franken Is Not Running for President
But his new book is the antidote to Trumpism.
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June 1, 2017
The Two Women’s Movements
Feminism has been on the march since the 1970s, but so has the conservative backlash.
June 1, 2017
The Quiet Discontent of Sarah Manguso
The essayist and poet has made an art out of concision. But what do her essays leave out?
May 19, 2017
Factory or Forest, Modernity and Climate Change
In India, the pathology of denial about global warming reveals the real crisis at our door—one of imagination.
May 6, 2017
Women Don’t Need Ivanka Trump’s Fortune-Cookie Feminism
They need her father to stop his harmful policies.
May 3, 2017
The Fight Over Sexual Freedom
Geoffrey Stone’s book is a powerful reminder that the history of sexual equality is one of backlash as well as progress.