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The Human Condition
Addicted to Addiction

A new book about early modern England reveals an eternal truth: We are all addicted to something, and maybe that’s not a bad thing, so long as we choose well.

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Music
The Eternal Otis

Revisiting the master of emotion and one of the greatest concerts of the soulful ‘60s.

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Democracy in the Middle East
An Arab Spring Autopsy

And a post-mortem on U.S. policy during the Arab uprisings.

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No Jihadist Is An Island
TerrorSpeak

Three excellent new books on terrorist communications give us much-needed insight into our opponents and the context in which they operate.  

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A Man for Our Times
Globalization’s Pioneer

Maya Jasanoff’s new book shows us that Joseph Conrad was not just a literary giant of his own times but also a surprisingly good guide to our times.

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Heather Raffo (photo by Scott Suchman)
Mosul on Their Minds

A new play about Iraqi Christian immigrants deals with the conflict between remembering and forgetting.  

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Liberalism vs. Populism
The Good Liberal

Yascha Mounk’s new defense of liberalism offers a perceptive diagnosis of its decline, but not much in the way of a cure.

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At the Movies
The Loveless Russia of Andrey Zvyagintsev

In Loveless, the latest Oscar-nominated import from Russia’s most famous filmmaker, every unhappy family is alike, while happy families are nowhere to be seen at all.

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Malinda Kathleen Reese, Ben Lauer (photo by Daniel Schwartz)
History of Humankind
Thornton Wilder’s Overbite

What does an allegory about human survival from 1942 have to do with today?

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Communism's Legacy
Marx at 200

His writings had greater influence on the 20th century than those of anyone else. But is Karl Marx still relevant in the 21st century?

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