Culture

Batman: Gotham's Reformer

In the Nolan films, Batman is a reformer and humanist, and not an avatar for right-wing fears. 

A Dark Knight for Romney?

Don't believe Limbaugh—the most recent Batman movie is an epic for the 1%

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything?

Why "Knowing How the Economy Works" Is Not Enough

The presidency is not a technocratic position.

Woody, Harry, and Irving

The other famous American songwriters who had a role in pushing Guthrie to write his most well-known anthem

Giving Local Food the Raspberry

The Locavore's Dilemma takes aim at the sustainability movement, ignoring the broader problems plaguing our food system.

The Shocking Radicalism of "Brave"

While it isn't flawless, Brave has an impressive satirical eye for a mainstream movie.

Europe on Five Characters a Day

Woody Allen's latest travelogue is sprightlier than you'd expect.

Pixar's Take on Kafka

Brave tackles the Scottish countryside and family tensions in a poignant—if slightly by-the-books—way.

Can Broadcasters Use Dirty Words? Court says, “#$%& If We Know”

In what is literally its most visible case of the Term, seven justices duck the free-speech issue.

Faith in Action

A review of Mark Shriver's new book about the life of his father, progressive hero Sargent Shriver.

Where to Draw the Line on Hate Speech?

Jeremy Waldron's new book tries to uncover the best way to tackle hate speech on the legal and policy front.

The Blander Bush

HBO's 41 asks none of the hard questions about George H.W. Bush's uninspired career

The Mother of All Girls' Books

The secret subversiveness of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

How the Gay-Rights Movement Won

Linda Hirshman's new book tries to uncover how the LGBT movement accomplished so much in such a short span of time.

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