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  • The Empire State Building Comes to New York City

    Thu 2:01pm By Edmund Wilson
    There is no question that the Empire State Building is New York’s handsomest skyscraper. The first five stories, with their gray facade, silver-framed windows and long rainlike lines in the stone, rise graceful and sheer from the street: one feels a sudden…
  • Making Sense of Citizen Kane

    Thu 11:04am By Otis Ferguson
    Part I: Citizen WellesCitizen Kane can be approached in several ways: as a film, as an event, as a topic of the times, etc. The outline of the story is simplicity itself, almost like saying, “Once upon a time there was a man of whom certain things are…
  • Jazz: Records

    Thu 10:44am By Charles Miller
    Duke Ellington, who has never been a man to be afraid of fooling around with new ideas, offers some of his most unusual in a Victor album (P-182; $3.57, with tax) that includes eight blues sides cut a year or so ago but only recently issued. Many Ellington…
  • The Spain Orwell Never Saw

    Thu 10:05am By Patrick Iber
    “Men of my generation have had Spain in our hearts,” wrote Albert Camus. “It was there that they learned…that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, and that there are times when courage is not rewarded.” The Spanish…
  • Primary Concerns Episode 11: The After-Bern Effect

    Thu 6:30am By Primary Concerns
    The results of this week’s East Coast primaries—in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Delaware—put us on a glide path towards a general election that will pit Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.Clinton won four of five contests on…
  • Cruz and Fiorina’s Faux Feminism

    Wed 6:12pm By Jeet Heer
    Ted Cruz’s strange gambit of announcing on Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate, done while his own bid for the presidential nomination is still a long shot, reeks of desperation. But there’s a certain logic to…
  • Who’s Afraid of Communism?

    Wed 2:22pm By Malcolm Harris
    With the Berlin…
  • A Rough Night for Democratic Revolutionaries

    Wed 10:30am By David Dayen
    Call it the revenge of the establishment. In two high-profile, down-ballot Democratic primaries on Tuesday, the favored candidates of the party mainstream emerged victorious. The wins by U.S. Senate candidates Chris Van Hollen in Maryland and Katie McGinty in…
  • Back to the Future

    Wed 8:00am By Tony Tulathimutte
    For 45 years, Don DeLillo has been our high priest of the American…
  • Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Donald Trump

    Wed 7:51am By Jeet Heer
    With Hillary Clinton’s strong performance on Tuesday night, the Democratic primaries are effectively over. Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. And it’s increasingly likely that her opponent will be Donald Trump, who…
  • The 15 Movies You’ll Want to See This Summer

    Wed 7:00am By Tim Grierson
    It’s become a seasonal tradition to complain that summer movies arrive earlier every year. The kids are still in school, Memorial Day is months away, it’s still 50 degrees outside, and yet … there’s a freaking Transformers movie already. Summer movie…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 14: Elvis & Nixon, A Hologram for the King, The Huntsman:…

    Wed 6:30am By Tim Grierson
    When two of the most famous men in the world meet under the strangest of circumstances, what else is there to do but make a movie about them? On this episode of the podcast, film critics Tim Grierson and Will Leitch watch and discuss Elvis & Nixon, starring…
  • The GOP’s Harebrained Stop-Trump Effort Is Backfiring

    Tue 10:34pm By Brian Beutler
    While Donald Trump’s remaining Republican primary opponents—Ted Cruz and John Kasich—keep resorting to the kinds of desperate tactics that typically occur to mediocre screenwriters, it is nevertheless possible to imagine a feasible, though still…
  • Will Prince’s Music Become More Accessible After His Death?

    Tue 4:45pm By Peter K. Yu
    Last Thursday, the world was shocked by the untimely death of Prince, the highly prolific, Grammy-winning music icon who not only transformed music and the record industry but also provoked questions about race, gender, and sexuality.Apart from his songs,…
  • Dead Man’s Sperm

    Tue 9:44am By Jenny Morber
    There is a man waiting for the doctor and his time is running out.It is late evening, just over an hour after the doctor first groped for his ringing phone. “Can you help us?” the woman on the other end had asked, her voice breaking.Now, preparing for the…
  • Painted Out of Government Art

    Tue 9:25am By Maggie Foucault
    In the halls of the U.S. Capitol hangs a…
  • Son of the Black Panther

    Tue 9:00am By Jonathan W. Gray
    When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the Black Panther in the pages of Fantastic Four No. 52 in 1966, they were wholly unaware that the Lowndes County Freedom Organization—an Alabama-based civil rights group organized by Stokely Carmichael that had broken…
  • The Metamorphoses of Marie NDiaye

    Tue 7:00am By Jeffrey Zuckerman
    “She was Malinka again the moment she got on the train, and she found it neither a pleasure nor a burden, having long since stopped noticing.” Rarely does an opening line of fiction so succinctly capture the strange new world we are about to enter. By the…
  • What the P.C. Left Is Doing Wrong in Language Debates

    Tue 7:00am By Aaron R. Hanlon
    I don’t tolerate the phrase “America is a melting pot” in my students’ essays. It’s a historically questionable and largely meaningless cliché. But at a number of schools—including the University of California, Purdue, and the University of…
  • Lessons of Chernobyl

    Mon 3:32pm By Tom Johnson
    After the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979, some critics of nuclear power claimed that we had come within a hairsbreadth of radiation releases that would have left many thousands dead. Some advocates of nuclear power claimed that the worst conceivable…
  • Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Settles Very Little

    Mon 2:11pm By Alan Hyde
    Uber, the popular ride-hailing app, just announced it has settled two class action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts in which drivers sought classification as employees and entitlement to overtime pay and more transparent handling of tips.Under the…
  • Why Do Republicans Keep Committing the “Kinsley Gaffe”?

    Mon 1:26pm By Kevin Mahnken
    The usual conservative arguments against granting statehood to Washington, D.C., hinge on studiously dry, procedural quibbles about amending the Constitution or worries that a D.C. state might exert undue influence on the federal government. But last week, in…
  • Operation Wetback Revisited

    Mon 12:25pm By Jeet Heer
    Every four years in the United States, a common refrain is heard: “If candidate X wins the White House, I’m moving to Canada.” In 2000, facing the prospect of a President George W. Bush, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam memorably vowed, “I’m moving to a…
  • The New Day Is the Future of Professional Wrestling

    Mon 12:17pm By Oliver Bateman
    The loudest cheers at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction…
  • Democrats Should Stop Sweating Sanders’s Attacks on Clinton

    Mon 10:38am By Brian Beutler
    Through the first three weeks of April, the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, which began collegially enough, has deteriorated.If the 2016 election comes down to a contest between third-party validators, Hillary Clinton will win in a…
  • Feminism For Sale

    Mon 10:30am By Sarah Jaffe
    Feminism, lately, is having an identity crisis. It’s an internal struggle that goes back decades, maybe even to the beginning of feminism. Its latest battlefield is Beyoncé, whose every move leaves a thousand thinkpieces in its wake. Not just Beyoncé,…
  • The Four Liars of the 2016 Election

    Mon 8:00am By Clancy Martin
    Recently, I was comparing notes on the Republican candidates with a friend of mine who is one of the country’s leading philosophers on deception. We were arguing about who is more dangerous for the American electorate: I argued for Ted Cruz, who Donald Trump…
  • Trump’s Makeover Will Fail

    Apr 22, 2016, 2:48 pm By Jeet Heer
    If Donald Trump’s political campaign ever gets re-told as an appropriately cheesy biopic, this current moment will be the crucial makeover scene, where the flawed hero finds a mentor who gives him a new polish needed to win. It’s easy to imagine how the…
  • Can Feminist Sculpture Redeem L.A.’s Gentrifying Arts District?

    Apr 22, 2016, 12:01 pm By E. Tammy Kim
    Before it…
  • How Ted Cruz Became the Next JFK

    Apr 22, 2016, 11:04 am By Laura Reston
    Coming off a dismal showing in the New York primary, Ted Cruz found some inspiration in an unusual source on Tuesday night, likening himself not only to that familiar conservative icon, Ronald Reagan, but also to the closest thing liberals have to a patron…