The Canard of Decline
Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.
John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.
The Simple Falsehoods of Race
The old debate between W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington lives on, but the terms have been flipped on their heads.
The "great (colonial) American novel" was written more than half a century ago. John Barth's 1960 masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor, keeps improving with age.
Back to the Frontier
The rise of Germany is reconfiguring the former Warsaw Pact zone as both the United States and the European Union struggle over a crisis of political economy.
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