Culture

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.

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.

The Decline of Conservative Publishing

The days when any two-bit hack with an anti-liberal screed could get on the bestseller lists are apparently behind us.

An Iraq War Satire with a French Twist

The French Minister revisits the speechmaking and politicking that characterized the trans-Atlantic lead up to war.

No Fear of Flying

The movie Born to Fly delves into a world of dance that seems at times more about daring and brute strength than grace.

The Magnificent Anderson

Yes, Wes Anderson’s films are hyper-stylized, but they’re rich in meaning too. None more so than The Grand Budapest Hotel

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