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  • No ‘Rah-Rah Canada’ for Amazon Studios: Streamer On the Hunt for Half-Hour Formats That Aren’t Uber-Canadian September 26, 2022
    Amazon Studios wants to beef up its content library in Canada. And the quickest way to do that, according to Brent Haynes, the studio’s head of originals in Canada, is with half-hour formats. “With the exception of ‘Three Pines,’ we are doing half-hours and that’s because they help quickly build our library. But, that is […]
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  • ‘Avatar’ Re-Release Proves There’s Still Interest in Pandora. Will ‘The Way of Water’ Be Another Box Office Smash? September 26, 2022
    There are plenty of valid reasons to be skeptical about “Avatar: The Way of Water.” It’s been more than a decade since James Cameron’s otherworldly sci-fi epic “Avatar” opened in theaters in 2009, smashing expectations on its way to becoming the biggest movie in history with $2.85 billion in global ticket sales. But times, tastes and […]
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  • E3 2023 Dates Set for In-Person Games Expo in L.A. September 26, 2022
    The Entertainment Software Association has set the dates for E3’s return to the City of Angels next year. The games expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center for a four-day run from June 13-16, 2023. In addition, E3 will support “partnered digital events” taking place starting June 11 and running throughout the […]
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  • Does Doja Cat’s ‘Vegas,’ Which Interpolates Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog,’ Qualify for an Oscar? September 26, 2022
    Does Doja Cat’s hit song “Vegas” qualify to be an Oscar Best Song nominee? The short answer is: Maybe. But the tune from Baz Luhrmann’s biopic “Elvis” faces more challenges than the average new movie song. The three-and-a-half-minute, commercially released version of “Vegas,” a portion of which is heard during the first half-hour of the […]
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  • ‘Eureka Day’ Review: Timing Is Almost Everything for This Vaccine Comedy Starring Helen Hunt in London September 26, 2022
    Jonathan Spector’s 2018 comedy “Eureka Day” first attracted attention in productions in Berkeley and Brooklyn. But in its sharp U.K. premiere starring Helen Hunt, this often very funny satire about parental attitudes to an outbreak of mumps has suddenly leapt into focus — since it’s really about fiercely personal, highly politicized responses to enforced vac […]
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  • Oscars Race: Estonia Selects Basketball Film ‘Kalev’ for Academy Awards September 26, 2022
    A jury convened by the Estonian Film Institute has selected Ove Musting’s basketball film “Kalev” as the country’s candidate in the contest for the Best International Feature Film Oscar at the Academy Awards. A jury led by Edith Sepp, the head of the EFI, selected this year’s nominee from among 11 candidates. Other members of […]
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  • Bill Nighy on the Oscar Buzz Surrounding ‘Living’: ‘I Don’t Get Out Much’ September 26, 2022
    For Bill Nighy, the road to a character’s heart runs through his tailor. “The clothes govern how you move, how you think and how you feel,” he says. In the case of “Living,” the story of Mr. Williams, a bureaucrat in 1953 London grappling with a fatal illness, the meant donning a bespoke pin-striped suit. […]
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  • TEDxAccra Returns as Live Event With Agents of Change Theme – Global Bulletin September 26, 2022
    CONFERENCE For the first time in six years, the TEDxAccra conference will return as a live event on Dec. 17, after being virtual for a few years. After last year’s theme, Forces That Unite, the 2022 theme is Agents of Change. The platform will continue to highlight Africans on the continent and in the diaspora […]
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  • Zen Animation Title ‘Tiger And Bear’ Lures Buyers at Cartoon Forum (EXCLUSIVE) September 26, 2022
    Of the 80 projects that presented at last week’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, no pitch attracted greater (proportional) buyer curiosity than “Tiger and Bear.” Produced by Germany’s Wolkenlenker and adapted from a beloved children’s series from author and illustrator Janosch, the upper-preschool project saw nearly 60% buyer attendance at its Tuesday pitch and f […]
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  • Arte, Miam! Board Adolescent Doc Series ‘Boys Boys Boys’ (EXCLUSIVE) September 26, 2022
    Franco-German broadcaster Arte and Paris-based Miam! Distribution have backed the animated documentary “Boys Boys Boys,” with the European broadcaster set to air the upcoming series next autumn as Miam! handles global sales. Still in production, the project is slated for delivery in mid 2023. Directed by Valentine Vendroux and Clawdia Prolongeau and produced […]
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  • Hurricane Ian forecast to explosively strengthen into Cat 4 storm in Gulf September 25, 2022
    Hurricane watches remained in effect for a stretch of Florida’s western coast at midday on Monday as Ian continued to gain strength as the fourth hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. AccuWeather forecasters warn that the storm will rapidly gain intensity during the next couple of days and is forecast to become a Category...
  • Explosive Typhoon Noru turns deadly, unleashes severe flooding in the Philippines September 26, 2022
    The third super typhoon of the season roared to life in the Philippine Sea this weekend and unleashed torrential rainfall, damaging winds and deadly flooding across portions of the northern Philippines. AccuWeather forecasters say the destructive Typhoon Noru will target more of Asia in the coming days. At least eight people were killed and thousands...
  • East Coast on alert for Hurricane Ian's impacts September 25, 2022
    AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the tropical system they have been tracking for nearly a week will not only threaten to cause damage in Florida, but it could also bring widespread impacts to the East Coast. From Monday to Tuesday, Ian is expected to intensify rapidly over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the eastern Gulf of...
  • Latest hurricane danger could plot an 'unusual track' toward Florida September 24, 2022
    AccuWeather meteorologists are warning of the possibility that Hurricane Ian in the Caribbean could undergo rapid intensification in the days ahead as it churns northward and the wind shear subsides, with the storm’s sights potentially set on striking the west coast of Florida — an often missed target. After making the trek from the Caribbean...
  • Supernatural forces at play? Tampa Bay has dodged a direct hurricane hit for a century July 8, 2020
    For a century, the Tampa Bay area in Florida has been largely void of any direct landfalling hurricane strikes — and some locals believe the reason can be chalked up to a supernatural force. In 2017, Hurricane Irma appeared to be headed straight into the Gulf of Mexico toward the St. Petersburg and Tampa area,...
  • Fiona ravages Atlantic Canada with structural damage, mass power outages September 25, 2022
    The wrath of Fiona lived up to its AccuWeather forecast as one of the strongest storms on record to impact Canada. Making landfall Friday, the storm caused major structural damage to communities and forced over half a million power outages across the region. After bombarding Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and southeastern Lab […]
  • Escalating hurricane threat prompts statewide emergency in Florida September 23, 2022
    Tropical Storm Ian formed over the central Caribbean Sea late Friday night, and, as AccuWeather meteorologists have been warning since early in the week, it looks increasingly likely that there could be a serious hurricane threat to the continental U.S., particularly for Florida. Should Ian impact the United States as a hurricane, it would be the first...
  • Fiona becomes 'most intense storm on record' to slam into Atlantic Canada September 23, 2022
    After menacing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos and other parts of the Caribbean, Fiona collided with Atlantic Canada, becoming one of the strongest storms on record to impact the easternmost portions of Canada, according to AccuWeather forecasters and weather data from the region. On Friday, Fiona began bombarding Prince Edward Isla […]
  • Fall kicks off with wintry weather in the Northeast September 23, 2022
    Residents of the northeastern United States can officially say goodbye to summer. AccuWeather meteorologists say typical fall temperatures and the risk of frost are in the offing for the region into next week. A sweeping cold front on Thursday brought rounds of rain and gusty showers to many areas across the Northeast, setting up an...
  • Hurricane season: A handy guide for beginners September 23, 2022
    The year 2022 was shaping up as eerily quiet Atlantic hurricane season compared to the previous two years. August was a historically inactive month, which went without a single named storm for the first time in 25 years. Last year at this point of the season, some 20 named storms had developed in the Atlantic basin....

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  • The Long Reach of the Satanic Verses
    The Satanic Verses was published more than thirty years ago, but the attack in August on Salman Rushdie, the novel’s author, is a grim reminder that the scandal surrounding it remains alive. Although Ayatollah Khomeini’s notorious 1989 fatwa, which ordered the murder of Rushdie for blasphemy, has never been rescinded, no special measures seem to […]
  • The Struggle Over Verdi
    The Parma Verdi Festival, dedicated to Italy’s greatest opera composer, opened Thursday night with one of his strangest and most disturbing operas, La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny). Set across the landscape of a Europe at war, Forza is an opera of frustrated passion and vindictive obsession, with choruses alternately rapt in solemn […]
  • “Ever Freer to Speak My Mind”
    “The theocratic movement to advance religiously based governance—the antithesis of genuine religious freedom—has installed as the law of the land the essentially unreasoned position advanced in Dobbs,” writes Laurence H. Tribe in the Review’s September 22 issue. His is a thorough indictment of the illogic, legal inconsistencies, and arrogance of the Supreme Court’s ruling to […]
  • Godard’s Women
    It must have been in the spring of 2018, because that was the last time I was in Paris. I had been invited to give a talk; my hotel was near the Church of Saint-Sulpice, which I had never visited before. And in that immense cathedral my heart began to pound, because walking beneath those […]
  • On the Downbeat
    “Day one post balloons.”  That is how Joan inscribed her book After Henry, which she gave me the day after the balloons dropped and the Democrats finished their 1992 convention. Those four words, for me, captured Joan and the moment itself: the superficial excitement of the convention, the silly balloons dropping, but also a beginning. The first […]
  • A Child Is Being Aborted
    My partner and I tried for a baby before our now ten-month-old daughter was born—a situation utterly different from the accidental conception of my eighteen-year-old son, my first, when I was twenty-three. Their arrivals mark different times in my life, different moments of desire, partnership, hardship, anxiety, maturity. Pregnancies—their termination, loss, completion, or abstention—determine a […]
  • The Divining Process
    Welcome to The New York Review of Books’s inaugural art newsletter, which will appear periodically and focus on the art—illustrations, spots, caricatures, photographs, and more—in the magazine. I’m Leanne Shapton, the Review’s first Art Editor. Each newsletter will appear alongside a series of paintings made from wherever I happen to be while reading, commissioning, or […]
  • Light Under a Bushel
    In our September 22, 2022, issue, Eric Foner reviews Donald Yacovone’s Teaching White Supremacy, an account of history education in America that examines textbooks published between the early nineteenth century and the 1980s. Over the centuries, Yacovone writes, in the United States racism and pedagogy have gone hand in hand. Both subjects are familiar to […]
  • A Theater of State Panic
    A small-town business district glides across the screen in grainy 1960s Technicolor. The shot shows a pawn shop, a drug store, and advertisements for cottage cheese and white potatoes. The town is passing itself off as Anywhere, USA, but something is amiss. The brightly colored façades are fabricated and flimsy. Atop the liquor store, a […]
  • Timeless Correspondences
    At the end of The Gift, a memoir of H.D.’s American childhood unpublished in her lifetime, she appends a chapter set in the present, London, 1943. An air raid takes her household by surprise, and she describes what it’s like in her fifth-story flat in Lowndes Square with “terrific shattering reverberations of the great guns.” […]
  • Throngs of Unseen People
    When eleven-year-old Willie Lincoln died of typhoid in the White House in February 1862, his parents were devastated. For weeks President Lincoln held solitary grieving sessions every Thursday, the day of his son’s death. Mary Lincoln swung between agonized sobbing and passive despair. She wore mourning clothes for months, wrote on stationery trimmed in black, […]
  • Endless Summer
    In September 1963 my family moved from Clarion, Iowa, to Osage, Iowa, eighty-two miles away. I was eleven, the oldest of four children. Both towns were roughly the same size—population three thousand or thereabouts—and their residential streets ended abruptly in cornfields. In Clarion, I knew everyone and everything. My friends were Bill and Greg and […]
  • Rome Was His Laboratory
    No one in Rome would let Francesco Bianchini punch a hole through their ceiling. Bianchini wanted to measure the size of the solar system, which required the use of a sixteen-foot-long telescope—hence the hole. When he finally found a suitable place to mount his instrument and take measurements, tracking Venus and Saturn across the night […]
  • Passage
    I’d never been further than Ballina, and only in the back of a cart.The train shuffled field after tree after field, as Dada did with cardsand me as a spindle at the heart of it, the last still thing in the world.It was as well, maybe, departure was giddy so I thought the whirlmeant more […]
  • Where Will We Live?
    The climate crisis can be understood as an experiment in pace. By burning the remains of hundreds of millions of years of flora and fauna in the course of a few decades, we’re forcing the planet through changes that usually take eons; deep time is suddenly running like one of those films of a flower […]
  • Corrections of Taste
    Near the end of Terry Eagleton’s Critical Revolutionaries, there’s a sentence that made me stop for a moment in disbelief. Perhaps it was meant to. F.R. Leavis was by far the most dogmatic of the twentieth-century critics with whom the book is concerned, and Eagleton writes that the Cambridge don held that “literary criticism was […]
  • Cosmic Oceans Squeezed into Atoms
    Suppose you are traveling on a municipal bus in the sunbaked South Indian city of Chennai, and you know Tamil. At some point, overwhelmed by the sheer density of color and form that you can see through the window, you raise your eyes to the board just above the driver’s seat, where a couplet is […]
  • Understanding Diabetes—and Paying for It
    On April 9 of this year, The New York Times featured an obituary for Arthur D. Riggs, a scientist likely unknown to most readers. Riggs’s career was largely spent at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, where he discovered how to use recombinant DNA technology—which brings together genetic sequences from multiple […]
  • Doomed to Lucidity
    Around ten years ago, the British writer Andrew Miller found himself in something of a crisis. Until then, his career had been a pretty gilded one. His first novel, Ingenious Pain (1997), set in the eighteenth century, won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award—worth €100,000—from a shortlist that included Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, […]
  • Poet of the Dispossessed
    Keiron Pim’s absorbing biography of one of the twentieth century’s most powerful and disquieting writers begins with a description of Joseph Roth’s birthplace, a small town called Brody, now in western Ukraine. A footnote observes that “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine occurred as this book was being prepared to go to print…. Descriptions of buildings and […]
  • Little Town on the Prairie
    Liang Village sits on the edge of the North China Plain, about 650 miles south of Beijing. The area was settled by migrants who came in waves throughout Chinese history, attracted by the fertile soil in what was traditionally one of the country’s breadbaskets. But its economic promise faded a long time ago. The brickworks […]
  • A Powerful, Forgotten Dissent
    Among the thousands of cases the Supreme Court has decided, only a handful of dissenting opinions stand out. There is Justice John Marshall Harlan’s solitary dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 decision upholding the doctrine of “separate but equal.” “All citizens are equal before the law,” Harlan objected. “There is in this country no […]
  • The Slow-Motion Coup
    What has Donald Trump taken from our democracy?
  • Clinging to Hollywood’s Underbelly
    Stopping to see an old friend en route to California on horseback, the protagonist of Saddle Tramp (1950), a folksy ranch hand played by Joel McCrea, announces that he’s “just passing through.” The same could often be said of the film’s Argentine-born director, Hugo Fregonese, who spent his professional life in a near-constant state of […]
  • The Vanishing Point of the Laws of War
    The United Nations has assessed that 276 million people worldwide today are “severely food insecure.” Forty million are in “emergency” conditions, one step short of the UN’s technical definition of “famine.” By early this year the combined effects of the climate crisis, the economic fallout from Covid-19, armed conflict, and the rising costs of fuel […]
  • Soft Shapes
    The cover of our Fall Books Issue was hand-drawn and -painted by Jon Klassen, the Canadian writer and illustrator of a Caldecott Award–winning picture book trilogy about hats: I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat. As a mother, I find his work reliably weird and beautiful, finding […]
  • In the Shadow of Invasion
    In August I spent two weeks traveling around Ukraine by train, using my sketchbook to document quotidian existence in the shadow of Russia’s invasion. By the time I arrived the Ukrainian army had largely pushed the war back to the country’s south and east. Lviv, Odesa, and Kyiv had returned to vivid life. Kids tore […]
  • Lear’s Lyrical Coasts
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,They danced by the light of the moon. The shifting margin of sea and land, often lit by the moon, held a lure for Edward Lear, a tidal ambivalence. In 1836, when he was twenty-four and about to leave England to become a landscape painter, he […]
  • The Same Problem on Repeat
    To be an American is to live under a regime of profound inequalities, which result from the same concentrations of wealth that make the country an international power. Health care is one of the points at which those inequalities converge most catastrophically. As the journalist Steven Thrasher writes in his recent book The Viral Underclass, […]
  • The Painter in the Paint
    Andrew Kuo, whose painting Stay Up, 2014 shimmers on the cover of our Summer Issue—the first issue after we redesigned the print magazine—is an artist and author who contributes regularly to T: The New York Times Style Magazine and cohosts, with Ben Detrick, a podcast about basketball and culture called Cookies Hoops. In 2021 Kuo […]
  • My Husband the War Criminal
    Pension Schmidt, better known as “Salon Kitty,” was one of the most glamorous bordellos in Nazi Germany. Among its illustrious clientele were foreign diplomats, government ministers, generals, and regime functionaries. The interior of the grand bourgeois building—located at 11 Giesebrechtstraße in Berlin, close to Kurfürstendamm—was elegant, with expensive rugs, crystal chandeliers, plush armchairs, and thick […]
  • The Party’s Over
    In 1991 Margaret Thatcher accepted an invitation to speak in the city that had just ceased to be Leningrad and was now St. Petersburg again. As a demonstration of the ruthlessness that has made it so good at holding on to power, her own Conservative Party had deposed her the previous year as prime minister […]
  • Rococo Risks
    Ange Mlinko’s Venice opens with a prefatory poem recalling a trip from Beirut to Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite. It is Boxing Day 2009. The poet and her children look forward to the new year and the new decade, and, pushing their luck, bid a “good riddance to the past.” How could this decade be […]
  • Our Toxic Nuclear Present
    Back when movies were still available on VHS, a friend gave me Akira Kurosawa’s I Live in Fear (1955). (The Japanese title, Ikimono no kiroku, translates literally as “Record of a Living Being.”) Like most of Kurosawa’s films set in contemporary Japan, it was eclipsed by his masterpieces set in the Heian or Sengoku periods, […]
  • Toy Apple Beauty
    First there is the outsider.Then there is a second outsider—lessOutside than the first, but still.Then there is the third outsider,Who is now, actually, inside something,Albeit something slightly less definable.Eventually we all move togetherInto some kind of sanctuary,An estuary,Until someone decides to leave again.And the thorn birds are preening their violet plumageIn the topmost branches of […]
  • Their Glorious Façades
    Gavin Lambert’s The Goodby People is set during the inexhaustibly fascinating few years preceding its original publication in 1971, in the city of Los Angeles, where the earth trembles and the hedonistic sun shines no matter what. Though the fantasies it churned out for some decades had branded the psyche of the world, the rigid […]
  • Disaster Was Her Element
    Miranda Seymour's I Used to Live Here Once is a richly detailed and warmly sympathetic look at Jean Rhys's turbulent, disjointed life.
  • Little Emperor of Solstice
    Doing this and that, further shredded by ribbonsI’m your inner child from beforethe procedure of ambition I ran the neighborhood on training wheelsHeavy rubberized pastel flowed from my bike tassels Blues and greens that mean something different nowthat my ear has aged I live inside you where music fillsthe empty space of my headI mean […]
  • It’s Not Easy Being Green
    What will we be eating in the future? Will it be wholesome, locally grown organic produce or some Soylent Green–like nightmare food? The only certainty, George Monbiot argues in Regenesis, is that we cannot continue to eat what we eat today. Climate disruption will see to that. And even if climate impacts are less severe […]
  • Where Does the Buck Stop?
    Midway through Hernan Diaz’s wondrous new novel, Trust, a wealthy financier sits at a desk, looking out of a high-rise window at a welder, suspended on a beam, who seems to be returning his gaze: Each man appeared to be hypnotized by the other. But when the welder adjusted his cap and his coat, always […]
  • Outdoing Reality
    The Lockheed Martin Hellfire 114 R9X, nicknamed the “ninja bomb” or the “flying Ginsu,” is an air-to-surface, drone-launched missile, approximately five feet long and seven inches in diameter, weighing roughly one hundred pounds, with a top speed of 995 miles per hour. Most members of the Hellfire family are designed to carry different types of […]
  • Xanadu’s Architect
    1. Half a century ago, second-wave feminism swelled into a social tsunami that wrought profound changes in American life. Among them was a concerted effort to correct the underrepresentation of women in occupations that had systematically excluded them, including architecture. As the history of women in the building art began to be charted for the […]
  • Questioning Desire
    Second-wave feminism was a movement with many fronts: antidiscrimination and legal equality; subsidized child care; health care and reproductive rights; the prevention and prosecution of domestic and sexual violence; the redefinition of gender roles. Radical feminists came out of the student left of the 1960s, thought of themselves as (nonviolent) revolutionaries rather than reformers, and, […]
  • Promise and Disillusion in South Africa
    On a scorching summer morning ten years ago, I attended a rally in a mining settlement north of Johannesburg headlined by Julius Malema, the pudgy, firebrand former leader of the African National Congress’s Youth League. At the time, Malema was engaged in a battle for control of the ANC with South African president Jacob Zuma, […]
  • How to Cast a Metal Lizard
    In 1627–1628 Charles I of England bought an enormous art collection from Vincenzo Gonzaga of Mantua. The Gonzaga dynasty had hosted Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano at their court, collected antique statues, and bought new works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Correggio. The Gonzagas’ brilliant but imprudent expenditures had landed them in financial trouble. Charles’s […]
  • Immune to Despair
    When I visited Ukraine in July 2016, only one way remained across the Siverskyi Donets River to the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic: a bridge half destroyed by shelling, passable only on foot. From Stanytsia Luhanska, a Don Cossack settlement, elderly people and mothers with young children traversed the bridge, hauling carts of tomatoes and cucumbers […]
  • Family Lore
    For fifty years the historian and novelist Marina Warner has been teaching us how to see the histories that lie behind myths and symbols, and especially how to interpret the meanings secreted in images projected by, and onto, women. Her first book, published in 1972, was a biography of “a wicked woman in power,” the […]
  • Brick, Mortar, and Rot
    Stability is to the Spanish what freedom is to Americans. (This is a stereotype, but life abroad inures you to stereotypes you may have rejected as a fair-minded observer from afar.) Where American parents might advise their children to go their own way, to do whatever will make them happy, their Spanish counterparts are more […]
  • These Disunited States
    The Ukraine war and global economic troubles momentarily overshadowed domestic discord in the United States earlier this year, but it didn’t go away. The groundless insistence by former president Donald Trump and his supporters that the 2020 election was stolen, Republican efforts to limit voting rights and to install state officials willing to disregard adverse […]
  • The Complicity of the Textbooks
    Like most works of history, W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America concludes with a bibliography listing primary and other sources consulted by the author. Most of the groupings are unexceptional—for example, monographs, government reports, and biographies. But Du Bois’s first and largest category comes as a shock to the modern reader: it consists of […]
  • ‘Hell, Yes, We Are Subversive’
    In 1969 a UCLA student who was also an undercover FBI agent revealed in the campus newspaper that the school’s philosophy department had recently hired a member of the Communist Party. A week later, the San Francisco Examiner reported that that person was a twenty-five-year-old professor named Angela Davis. The University of California Board of […]
  • Was the Third Way the Right Way?
    To the Editors: Robert Kuttner portrays much of recent Democratic Party governance, especially the Clinton administration, as “neoliberal,” an epithet for policies that he and the author under review, Gary Gerstle, consider a short step from laissez-faire in service to oligarchy [“Free Markets, Besieged Citizens,” NYR, July 21]. By so doing, the reviewer promotes a […]
  • Latvia & World War II
    To the Editors: Gordon F. Sander covers the dramatic changes underway in memorializing World War II in Latvia [“Memory Wars in Latvia,” NYR, July 21], highlighting important shifts in popular opinion along with some ambiguities and insecurities that will likely remain even once Soviet monuments are removed. However, I believe that Sander omitted two important […]
  • Cover-ups & ‘Uncoverings’
    To the Editors: Jennifer Wilson’s fascinating article on Pushkin’s Blackness [“The First Russian,” NYR, August 18] leaves a gap in treatments of the poet’s African heritage between 1981 and 2006. In 1987 the height of glasnost coincided with the 150th anniversary of the poet’s death. Nationalist cultural voices, growing in confidence and popularity, used this […]
  • A Brutal Place Playing at Paradise
    Although I have a great fondness for my home state, California was a mistake. At a glance, it is all beauty, abundance, and wealth, but cock your head just so and there they are: the successive waves of blood-soaked dispossession, the carnage of a polity founded and renewed by fortune-seekers who never seem to realize […]
  • Deconstructing Dobbs
    The chaos and cruelty unleashed in late June by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which wiped out a half-century of constitutional protections for the reproductive rights—and thus the equal citizenship—of women in America, have been well documented. The ruling quickly led to a patchwork quilt of abortion bans differing […]

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