Culture

The Clear-Eyed Utopianism of Ellen Willis

One of her work's most salutary effects is its reminder that to cut yourself off from utopian impulses is to die a little.

Cannes Looks a Lot Like Hollywood: The Power Belongs to Men

At the glamorous French film festival, as at the Oscars, women directors are hard to find. 

In Defense of Star Wars

There's a growing backlash against the sci-fi flick, and the critiques aren't necessarily wrong. But you have to understand it in the context of its time.

Jack Bauer Lives Another Day. The Question Is: 'Why?'

Why has Fox's pro-torture, 24 TV series not been put out of our misery?

I'm Over "Mad Men"

A TV series can only toy with profundity—and not deliver—for so long before the whole thing starts to feel like a shell game.

Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong.

Nomi Prins’s new book traces America’s propping up of banks since the robber barons.

A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

One Hundred Years of Solitude didn’t just crystalize who García Márquez was; it crystalized who I was.

Karl Polanyi Explains It All

Want to understand our market-crazed era? Rediscover the 20th century’s most prophetic critic of capitalism.  

How John Paul Stevens Would Amend the Constitution

The former Supreme Court justice has some suggestions for a better democracy in his new book.

Stephen Colbert Isn't the Only One With a Fictional Character

If you hear a conservative complaining about Colbert replacing Letterman, he's probably just pretending.

Why Reading Globally Matters

The case for breaking our parochial American reading habits.

Francois Mitterrand, the Man with a Plan

A new biography of the former president of France examines the man's setbacks, gambles, and pragmatic self-reinventions.

Two Roads Diverged

The fates of the stars of 1964's The World of Henry Orient say much about the decade in which they came of age.

Piketty's Triumph

Three expert takes on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty's data-driven magnum opus on inequality.

Piketty's Triumph

Three expert takes on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty's data-driven magnum opus on inequality.

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