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Constitutional Crisis?
Civil Rights and Wrongs

Charles Fain Lehman weighs in on Christopher Caldwell’s Age of Entitlement—a provocative but flawed critique of the civil rights movement.

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revolt of the elites
Andrew Yang’s War on Meritocracy

The dark horse presidential candidate has a vision, a message, and an admirable ability to imagine a better politics. Unfortunately for him, we don’t actually live in the world he describes.

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The Literary Life
James Wood and the Art of Criticism

In his new career-spanning collection, the esteemed book critic James Wood affirms his credo: “Literature teaches us to notice.”

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Idealpolitik vs. Realpolitik
The Foreign Policy Debate We Need

How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? This is the question facing America’s foreign policy hands as they look beyond the Trump presidency.

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Dying Light
A Root Cause of Illiberalism?

A new book by Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes offers a provocative—if not entirely persuasive—answer.

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Untragic Nation
Hyman Bloom and the Art of Dying Well

In our death-fearing age, the artwork of a Jewish-American master—overlooked in his own time but the subject of a new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts—has much to teach us.

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Faith on Film
The Martyr’s Secret

Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life probes the inner life of an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for Hitler—and asks what it means to be a martyr.

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American Jews and Israel
The Roots of the Rift

The controversy over President Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism reflects a broader gap in how American and Israeli Jews understand themselves. A new book by Daniel Gordis explores the divide.

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“The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton” by Thomas Eakins (Wikimedia Commons)
The Literary Life
The Quiet American Novel

A new book by Steve Almond offers a deeply personal take on John Williams’s classic novel Stoner: a minor-key masterpiece about ordinary life, the pursuit of passions, and the lost art of paying attention.

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Spies and Lies
John le Carré’s Lessons on Populism

In his two latest books, the world-weary spy writer trains his pen on Trump, Brexit, and populism—and offers a surprisingly optimistic take on the next generation.

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