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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art and Truth
The Faces of Cézanne

The portraits of the master, collected for the first time since his death, offer an antidote to preoccupations with our self-images.

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Eminent Domain
Divided Over a House

A new movie about the famous eminent domain case Kelo v. New London shows us more than a fight about a house. It shows us a conflict between two core American values.

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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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Billboard
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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By Alvin Langdon Coburn – NYPL Digital Gallery, Public Domain
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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© Anna Matveeva – Non-Stop Production, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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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