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.
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.
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.
Music The Eternal Otis
Revisiting the master of emotion and one of the greatest concerts of the soulful ‘60s.
Democracy in the Middle East An Arab Spring Autopsy
And a post-mortem on U.S. policy during the Arab uprisings.
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.
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.
Mosul on Their Minds
A new play about Iraqi Christian immigrants deals with the conflict between remembering and forgetting.
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.
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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