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  • Sheffield Doc/Fest Reveals Competition Titles, Full Program May 17, 2021
    The 2021 Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced its competition contenders alongside its full program. The international competition includes “Charm Circle” (Nira Burstein, U.S.) “Rancho” (Pedro Speroni, Argentina), “Factory to the Workers” (Srđan Kovačević, Croatia) and “Summer” (Vadim Kostrov, Russia). Also competing are “Equatorial Constellations” (Silas Tiny, […]
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  • Locarno Fest to Honor ‘Return of Jedi’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ VFX Artist Phil Tippett May 17, 2021
    The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate U.S. animator and visual effects artist Phil Tippett, winner of two Oscars for his work on “The Return of the Jedi” and “Jurassic Park,” with a lifetime achievement award. Locarno’s upcoming edition will also host the world premiere of Tippett’s long gestating experimental stop-motion film “Mad God,” said to […] […]
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  • Losses Deepen at Hong Kong Disneyland as Virus Keeps Theme Park Closed for Seven Months May 17, 2021
    Reporting results fully seven and a half months after the fact, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort said that it lost nearly $1 million per day last year. For the financial year to September 2020, theme park and hotel revenues were $185 million. Net losses reached $341 million (HK$2.66 billion). The global coronavirus pandemic meant that the […]
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  • ‘Millennium’ Producer Yellow Bird’s ‘Huss’ Brought Onto the Market by ZDF Enterprises (EXCLUSIVE) May 17, 2021
    “Remember, you have been trained for this,” says a veteran cop to the rookies sitting in the back of a van as they approach a post-soccer match brawl at a local park. But in “Huss” nothing in her police academy lessons prepares Katarina Huss for her months as a trainee on the mean streets of […]
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  • RMVISTAR Takes Rights to Caribbean Mystery Thriller ‘Jupía’ (EXCLUSIVE) May 17, 2021
    RMVISTAR, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has secured worldwide rights to mystery-laced film “Jupía” from producer and co-writer Leticia Tonos. The film stars Julietta Rodriguez, who appeared in “La Hija Natural” and “El Hombre que cuida,” alongside David Maler, whose credits include “La Familia Reyna” and “Reinbou.” Rodriguez is also a […]
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  • Lars Von Trier Reunites Cast of ‘The Kingdom’ For Its Comeback May 17, 2021
    Lars von Trier has reunited several members of the original cast in his 1990s cult classic hospital series “The Kingdom” for the third and final season which will be shooting until the end of the summer. The cast of the anticipated return of “The Kingdom” includes Bodil Jørgensen, Ghita Nørby (“Silent Heart”), Nicolas Bro, Peter […]
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  • TrustNordisk Boards Danish Horror Romance ‘Attachment’ May 17, 2021
    TrustNordisk has boarded “Attachment,” an English-language horror romance steeped in Jewish folklore, directed by Gabriel Bier Gislason. Now in production, “Attachment” revolves around Maja, a Danish actress with her fading career who falls in love with Leah, a young, Jewish academic from London. But when Leah suffers a mysterious seizure, leading to a debil […]
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  • Why Netflix U.K. and Sky Teamed Up to Support Underrepresented Screenwriting Talent (EXCLUSIVE) May 17, 2021
    In an unprecedented move, streaming giant Netflix and Comcast-backed pay-TV operator Sky are teaming up with “Sex Education” and “Ms. Marvel” writer Bisha K Ali to create a screenwriting fellowship for six U.K. writers that will provide them with financial aid, a support network and ultimately a job in a writers’ room for either a […]
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  • Monaco Streaming Festival Sets ‘Off Hiatus’ Premiere, Reveals Speakers May 17, 2021
    The July 4 premiere of short “Off Hiatus,” presented by artist David LaChapelle and fashion designer Kai Milla, will be one of the highlights of the Monaco Streaming Film Festival. The short follows Milla as she and her associates provide exclusive access and insight to what really happens behind the scenes of fashion, through storytelling […]
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  • Netflix, Sky Set Up U.K. Screenwriters’ Fellowship; Helmer Bisha K Ali Details Plans For Program May 17, 2021
    The U.K. industry may be at the top of its game globally, with creative talent cleaning up at major award shows and becoming engrained in Hollywood, but the British system is far from an equal playing field for those trying to break in from different socioeconomic or ethnically diverse backgrounds. No one knows this better […]
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  • Death toll rises as Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae pummels COVID-ravaged India May 16, 2021
    The first Arabian Sea cyclonic storm of 2021 formed on Friday night, local time, and AccuWeather forecasters warn it will continue to bring detrimental impacts to India, which is currently engulfed in the world’s largest COVID-19 outbreak. A tropical depression formed to the west of southern India late last week and strengthened into a cyclonic...
  • Record-challenging warmth forecast for drought-weary North Central states May 14, 2021
    As the early part of the growing season continues in the northern Plains, heat will build this weekend, exacerbating drought conditions and raising concerns for an elevated wildfire risk from the northern Plains to south-central Canada. Places like Rapid City, South Dakota, and Minneapolis started off last week about 10 degrees Fahrenheit below normal, but.. […]
  • 40 million in south-central US at risk for heavy rain, flooding May 16, 2021
    Heavy rainfall is forecast to persist across the central and southern Plains this week, and AccuWeather meteorologists say that the wet pattern is likely to bring severe weather and substantial flooding. Severe weather and heavy rain broke out across the southern Plains over the past few days, dousing much of the region with drenching downpours....
  • "Return to milder conditions" in store for Northeast May 15, 2021
    Temperatures have been steadily rising throughout last week in the Northeast and began peaking above average over the past couple of days. Conditions are expected to be warmer than normal across the region through the week, peaking mid- to late week, with little rainfall anticipated. Northeastern temperatures began last week below average. New York City...
  • Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae turns deadly for COVID-ravaged India May 14, 2021
    The first Arabian Sea cyclonic storm of 2021 formed on Saturday morning, local time, and AccuWeather forecasters warn it will continue to bring detrimental impacts to India, which is currently engulfed in the world’s largest COVID-19 outbreak. Tauktae formed west of India early Saturday morning, local time. By Sunday morning, Tauktae strengthened into a very […]
  • Meteorologists monitor for early-season Atlantic tropical system May 15, 2021
    While the official start of the Atlantic basin tropical season is still half a month away, meteorologists are already keeping an eye on one section of the basin for possible development prior to the start of the season. The official start of the Atlantic tropical season is June 1, each year. Earlier this year, the...
  • Repeated downpours, severe storms to inundate central US May 15, 2021
    AccuWeather meteorologists say another round of severe weather and flooding will develop in the United States in the middle of May, but this time, threats will be focused on the center of the country, rather than the Southeast, an area that has been pummeled by round after round of soaking rain on top of episodes...
  • Mysterious swirling cloud phenomenon captured via satellite May 16, 2021
    Satellites captured a beautiful phenomenon called Von Karman clouds off the coast of Mexico on May 8, and this occurrence has many wondering why and how these swirls are appearing over the Pacific Ocean. “Von Karman Vortices form where fluid flow, in this case air, is disturbed by an object, usually a mountain or island,”...
  • At least 12 killed after rare back-to-back tornadoes in eastern China May 15, 2021
    The same city where the novel coronavirus was discovered nearly a year and a half ago was one of two cities hit by a rare tornado in eastern China late this week. As of Saturday evening, local time, at least eight people have been killed in Wuhan, Hubei province, and another four in Shengze, Jiangsu...
  • 'Good news' for weather ahead across the Northeast May 13, 2021
    The first part of May has been unusually cool for most of the Northeast with episodes of frosty and freezing weather, brisk winds and even some snow across the interior. AccuWeather meteorologists have good news for residents eager to stow away heavier jackets for the season — a warmup is underway and it’s likely to...

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  • The Enduring Promise of Moral Capitalism
    In our May 27, 2021 issue, we published Michael Kazin’s “Ending the Kennedy Romance,” a review of the first volume of Frederik Logevall’s biography of JFK. Kazin begins with a question: “Why, nearly six decades after his murder, do Americans still care so much about and, for the most part, continue to think so highly […]
  • The King of Little England
    In On the Genealogy of Morality Friedrich Nietzsche considers the nature of revenge. People with power, he suggests, can take a literal revenge on their enemies: an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. People with little or no power, Nietzsche writes, when “denied the proper response of action, compensate for it […]
  • Open Letter: A Halt to New Delhi’s Demolitions
    We, the undersigned, call for an immediate halt to the Central Vista Redevelopment Project undertaken by the Indian government, which commenced in December 2020. The designation of this scheme as an “essential service” invites fresh scrutiny of the plan. It is especially troubling that this extravagant project is moving ahead in the midst of a […]
  • Arendt and Roth: An Uncanny Convergence
    In 2014, the mystery writer Lisa Scottoline wrote an instructive essay for The New York Times about two undergraduate seminars she took with Philip Roth at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s. One of the courses was the literature of the Holocaust. Hannah Arendt was on the syllabus. In his five-page discussion of those […]
  • Modi’s Folly
    At a cost of $2 billion to the national purse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is building a monument to himself in Delhi. This revamp of the Central Vista, an architecturally imposing two-mile stretch of British imagination at the heart of the Indian capital, is supposed to symbolize a new, self-sufficient India, finally out from the […]
  • Crossing the ‘Pink Line’
    On May 3, 2021, we published “‘Moffie’ and Me,” Mark Gevisser’s essay about several recent South African films that address the militarist cult of homophobic masculinity in the late apartheid era. The main film under review, Moffie, takes its title from a derogatory term for a gay man used in South Africa. This was no […]
  • The Paranoid Style in Adam Curtis
    Filmmaker and journalist Adam Curtis has been working at the BBC since 1980, institutionally blessed for over forty years. He’s made more than twenty films and television series that exploit his unfettered access to the BBC archives. In them, he stitches together previously shot footage to explore, in an open-ended and seductive style, historical figures […]
  • Santiago de Compostela
    Light drizzle as if the Atlanticwere examining its conscienceNovember no longer pretendsRain dowsed its bonfires and sparksSantiago is Spain’s secret capitalPatrols arrive day and nightPilgrims wander its streets, exhaustedor eager, like ordinary touristsA woman sat by the cathedralShe leaned on her backpack and sobbedThe pilgrimage is overWhere will she go nowCathedrals are only stonesStones don’t […]
  • Russian Metamorphoses
    Teffi was so adored in prerevolutionary Russia that a chocolate candy was named after her, with her pretty face on its brightly colored wrapper. She was a well-regarded poet and a successful dramatist, but it was the feuilletons and funny stories that Teffi wrote for newspapers and magazines that made her a star. In 1910 […]
  • The Rules of the Confidence Game
    In the early thirteenth century a column of light blazed from the top of a shaykh’s head when he walked home at night. It lit up his surroundings as if it were day, astonishing all who observed him. When he led prayers, his halo filled the dark corners of the mosque, and the people lavished […]
  • It
    The sky grayed and it was possible to name objects. They didn’t yet call out to me. This happened only when the sun touched their skins. Then they would do tricks. Perhaps a silverbracelet of raindropssuspended from a bonethin twig, almost a crib mobile. But now I’ve called it several things.
  • A Snob’s Progress
    “I am very fond of Chips,” the London society hostess Maud Cunard declared in 1926, “and so is everyone else.” “I seem,” Chips himself remarked a few months earlier, “to be enormously popular.” Fondness and popularity are transient things, and Henry “Chips” Channon, a busy socialite and minor MP, would now be a mere footnote […]
  • ‘Lost, at Sea, at Odds’
    Another language, another soul. In her first book written in Italian, In altre parole (In Other Words, translated by Ann Goldstein), Jhumpa Lahiri explains how she reached what to many people seemed a baffling decision: to forsake English, the language in which her four previous books had been written and published to immense critical and […]
  • The Wrong Culprit
    To the Editors: In her lively, wide-ranging, and learned review of Vaughn Scribner’s Merpeople: A Human History [NYR, March 25], Marina Warner states that “Proteus, whom Homer calls the Old Man of the Sea, savagely rapes Thetis, the sea goddess; the child of this union is Achilles.” She identifies her source for this unusual paternity […]
  • Whose Liberation?
    To the Editors: In “No More Mother-Saviors,” [NYR, April 29], Sophie Pinkham begins her review of three books of Russian feminist poetry with a general discussion of how feminism has developed in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. As a sign of progress for the feminist cause in post-Communist Slavic countries, Pinkham cites the recent political […]
  • Promise Miscarried
    The Life of the Mind begins in the toilet, a single-occupancy restroom at an unnamed Manhattan university: “Dorothy was taking a shit at the library when her therapist called and she let it go to voicemail.” Expletives are pretty rare in this darkly comic first novel, and Christine Smallwood’s decision to put one into her […]
  • On Alfred Hayes
    To the Editors: Vivian Gornick has written a beautiful and significant review about three novels by my father, Alfred Hayes [“Sex, Noir & Isolation,” NYR, March 25]. I am so very pleased and grateful to Gornick for her fresh insights and compelling interpretation of his work, and to The New York Review for bringing these […]
  • Philosophy for Art’s Sake
    To the Editors: I am grateful to John Gray for recognizing the inordinate ambition of my book Witcraft: nothing less than to overthrow the joyless hegemony of traditional histories of philosophy [NYR, March 25]. Hegel was one of the masters of the tradition, and he spelled out the assumptions behind it two hundred years ago: […]
  • See for Yourself
    To the Editors: I sincerely hope all those who have an interest in Alexander Griboedov and his play Woe from Wit will buy my translation and judge for themselves, especially since they are not given that option in a review [Gary Saul Morson, “Casting Pearls Before Repetilovs,” NYR, March 25] that stints on excerpts in […]
  • More Memorials
    To the Editors: We were pleased to note the reference to Günter Demnig’s Stolperstein project in Joshua Hammer’s review of Alexander Wolff’s book Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home [NYR, April 8]. Hammer’s description of the project does not fully convey the enormity of Demnig’s work. Rather than Stolpersteine in “half […]
  • Safe Passage
    To the Editors: Readers of Leo Rubinfien’s recent essay on Japanese photobooks [“‘My Eyes Are Infamously Greedy,’” NYR, February 11] might appreciate knowing that although an estimated 25,000–40,000 of the books in Manfred Heiting’s collection were destroyed by the Malibu fire of 2018, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, had signed a contract to acquire […]
  • Sold!
    To the Editors: It has been pointed out to me that I was mistaken when I wrote in my review of Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters [NYR, May 13] that in his lifetime the painter never sold a single picture. In fact, in 1890 Anna Boch, the painter sister of the Belgian artist […]
  • Ending the Kennedy Romance
    Why, nearly six decades after his murder, do Americans still care so much about and, for the most part, continue to think so highly of John Fitzgerald Kennedy? More than 40,000 works of fiction and nonfiction have been published about his life and death, a steady stream that spiked on the fiftieth anniversary of his […]
  • Don’t Get Too Comfortable
    There is a scene in Eula Biss’s new book of essays, Having and Being Had, that makes me almost howl with recognition. Her son, “J,” begins school and is given a starter pack of Pokémon trading cards by another boy. J’s desire is kindled. He finds out he can buy more cards using the money […]
  • Lovesick for a God
    Śathakopan of Kurukur likely lived in the ninth century of the Common Era. He certainly spent nearly all of his life in the far southern reaches of Tamil-speaking India, which was then the domain of the Pandyan kings of Madurai and is today the southernmost part of the state of Tamilnadu. As with most early […]
  • A Taxonomy of Tyrants
    How can one make sense of the alarming replication of malignant rulers in so many different countries over the past hundred years? Is it possible to include them all in one sweeping, cohesive vision, to marshal their heterogeneous manifestations inside the pages of a single book? For Gabriel García Márquez, in his novel The Autumn […]
  • A Blues Surrealist
    “I like to make things,” the saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill told an interviewer from the Smithsonian in 1994, a year before his death from diabetes. “It might not equate to the great American novel…but I can hold your attention for a little while.” A revealing remark: disarmingly casual in tone, yet hinting, in its […]
  • The Future of Fracking
    “I do rule out banning fracking, because we need other industries to transition to get to ultimately a complete zero-emissions,” said Joe Biden in the presidential debate on October 22, 2020, referring to the main extraction method of the US natural gas industry, hydraulic fracturing. Climate change generally was a surprise hot topic of the […]
  • Two Centuries of ‘The Guardian’
    The Guardian has never been much of a business. Its owners never got rich; in fact, they gave the newspaper away. Its history is peppered with financial crises and near-death experiences. Perhaps it was placed on earth to make “righteousness readable” (in the centenary words of Lord Robert Cecil), but the paper has nearly always […]
  • ‘Moffie’ and Me
    On my first trip home from university, in April 1983, I borrowed my father’s Mercedes and drove from Johannesburg out to the South African Defence Force (SADF) barracks in Potchefstroom to see my best friend. J. and I were just nineteen: while he had decided to get his two years’ compulsory military service over with, […]
  • See Rome and Feel Alive
    In the Review’s May 13 Art Issue, we published “Light in the Palazzo,” Ingrid Rowland’s review of The Torlonia Marbles, an exhibition in Rome of ancient sculptures long hidden from view. Since 1876 these works, a selection from some six hundred belonging to the family of Roman aristocrat Alessandro Torlonia, had been stowed away and neglected, at […]
  • Marc Riboud’s Roving Lens
    In the spring of 1953, Marc Riboud left Lyon, France, for Paris. He was thirty years old. The Eiffel Tower was being repainted. Equipped with just one roll of film, Riboud climbed up the perilous spiral metal staircase and caught sight of a solitary painter. The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom Riboud had recently met, had […]
  • Sus Vidas al Filo de la Línea
    • Leer en inglés/to read in English. En diciembre de 2020 me dirigí hacia Sprindale, Arkansas, para encontrarme con Ángela Pacheco. Parada en el patio trasero de su casa, una pequeña estructura de pintura descascarada entre una hilera de casas dilapidadas, Pacheco me contó que tan solo unos meses antes su esposo, Plácido Leopoldo Arrue, […]
  • Losing No Time
    A profound global change shapes the foreign policy of the Biden administration. From the end of World War II until the past decade, the world saw the United States as unquestionably the greatest power, with a thriving democracy and an economy envied by all. That reputation is now gone. It didn’t disappear just in the […]
  • ‘Comic Terrorism Really Works’: An Interview with John Waters
    Long ago, in that distant universe that was the 1960s, John Waters, now seventy-five, burst onto the underground film scene amid a blaze of bad taste and fun. His early movies had provocative titles like Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Mondo Trasho, and Multiple Maniacs. In an era that celebrated subversion and irreverence, Waters […]
  • Their Lives on the Line
    • Leer en español/to read in Spanish. In December, I drove to meet Ángela Pacheco, in Springdale, Arkansas. Standing in the backyard of her home, a small structure with peeling paint among a row of dilapidated houses, she told to me how, earlier that year, her husband, Plácido Leopoldo Arrue, had made plans to plant […]
  • Fantastic Fixation in ‘Photo Brut’
    Not a photography exhibition, strictly speaking, “Photo|Brut”—currently at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City—is devoted to collages, assemblages, and modes of investigation that could be considered “photographic objects.” Nearly everything comes from the French filmmaker Bruno Decharme’s personal collection of so-called outsider artists. Decharme, a onetime assistant to Jacques Tati, rejects the […]
  • What We Want When We Read
    In the April 29, 2021 issue we published Sarah Chihaya’s “All Over Desire,” a review of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs, a novel full of women who “do not yearn for passionate fulfillment, and are largely unconcerned with desirability, romance, or sexual pleasure,” Chihaya writes. “They are finished both with trying to be desired and […]
  • A Park Apart
    This past pandemic year, for all of spring, summer, fall, and much later into the winter than temperatures really allowed, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was packed. In those first, frightened weeks in March and April, when it still felt strange to pass a day without an outing, I would walk a mile to the park every […]
  • Kubrick’s Human Comedy
    Paul Mazursky, to whom Stanley Kubrick gave his first substantial role in Kubrick’s own first feature film, Fear and Desire (1953), recalls their driving together on a mission to hit up the young director’s uncle for a loan to finance the film. “I’m gonna get the money from him no matter what—I can tell you […]
  • Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians
    The Egyptian Museum in Cairo moved into its peach-colored, arcaded neoclassical building in 1902. Its collections include the five-thousand-year-old Palette of Narmer—one of the earliest examples of hieroglyphics, commemorating the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt—a bust of the “heretic” pharaoh Akhenaton, and the golden treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun. Its façade is inscribed […]
  • See More, Think More
    Objectivity is a conundrum. At least it is in the humanities. Different people define it differently, and what one person claims is an objective opinion or interpretation another will dismiss as little more than prejudice. These debates, which have become especially strident in academic circles in recent years, fascinated the art historian Leo Steinberg, who […]
  • Children’s Lib!
    In 1963 thirty-four-year-old Louise Fitzhugh was fresh off a successful exhibition of her paintings and drawings at an Upper East Side gallery when she suddenly declared her fine art career a catastrophe. She’d recently illustrated the children’s book Suzuki Beane, a charming Beatnik spin on Eloise, written by her friend and sometime lover Sandra Scoppettone, […]
  • ‘I’ve Lost Everything to the Beast’
    Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, is a Salvadoran street gang, but it was born in the US about forty years ago. Salvadorans had been coming to California since the early 1900s, a trickle of job-seekers from a tiny country that could fit into the state twenty times over. In 1979 the trickle turned into […]
  • The Writer Apart
    I want to say everything—that is the purpose of this book. —Thomas Mann,Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man On August 4, 1914, German troops invaded neutral Belgium, and by day’s end Britain and Germany were at war. Three days later, in an otherwise perfunctory letter to his brother Heinrich, Thomas Mann made an uncharacteristic confession: I […]
  • C.V.
    A ruthless catalog of sorrows: years in front of the screen, diplomas before jobs, and languages—all that torture—now ranged under Languages. Where are all the wasted days? The nights of walking with hands stretched out and the visions that crept over the walls? Where are the feelings of guilt and the sudden sadness faced with […]
  • His Own Worst Enemy
    If ever an artist needed a degree of protection against his public, surely it is Vincent van Gogh. Reproductions of his most emblematic paintings, especially the gyrating nightscapes and the blazing series of sunflower studies made in his late years, adorn countless bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms all across what used to be known as […]
  • Masterpieces Unmediated
    In his diary for May 6, 1997, the English essayist and playwright Alan Bennett—a trustee of the National Gallery, London, and an enthusiast of old master paintings—left an unexpectedly dyspeptic account of a visit to the Frick Collection in New York (his first in over thirty-four years). In search of somewhere to sit, he noted: […]
  • ‘And You Give Yourself Away’
    Arthur O’Leary was the scion of a high-born Irish Catholic family in County Cork who, in 1773, ran into trouble with a local English magistrate, Abraham Morris. Morris either took colonialist umbrage at the impudent O’Leary—who had also been a hussar in Empress Maria’s Austro-Hungarian army—or simply coveted his prizewinning mare, which, under Great Britain’s […]
  • From The History of Photography (1993)
    I. First takers, first makers.The first sip of intelligencesplits the diapered sky, already crackledwith the losses that events are. At the old treehouse one is cloggedwith sleep in any case. Dust garlands that swaylike chains of mice. And up from underthe palaver there is golden food. So let it be clean at least.The first person […]
  • Planning an Aryan Paradise
    1. So horrendous were the manifold atrocities perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his followers that decades passed before scholars began to address the Nazis’ use of the visual arts in their comprehensive program for domination. This blind spot was attributable to the long-held notion that cultural aspects of the Third Reich must be ignored, because […]
  • Light in the Palazzo
    In 1968 the Roman aristocrat Alessandro Torlonia, Prince of Fucino, applied for a permit to repair the roof of his family’s private museum, a nineteenth-century industrial building just outside the ancient Porta Settimiana in Trastevere that had been transformed by his great-grandfather, another Alessandro, into a sprawling seventy-seven-room venue for the family’s vast collection of […]
  • A Dance to the Music of Death
    The inhabitants of the planet Tlön, in Jorge Luis Borges’s story “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” have a radically different understanding of the universe than we Earthlings do: “For the people of Tlön,” Borges’s imaginary historian tells us, “the world is not an amalgam of objects in space; it is a heterogeneous series of independent acts.” […]
  • Return of the Nameless Man
    “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces,” says the narrator of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2015 novel, The Sympathizer, by way of introduction. He’s not talking to us. The book is a political prisoner’s mea culpa, addressed to his jailer, the Commandant, who is faceless in that he’s an abstract […]
  • The Self Unmoored
    Susan Taubes’s novel Divorcing begins with the death of its main character. Sophie Blind wakes up in an apartment by the Hudson River, still groggy from a dream, or perhaps still dreaming, to find her lover bending over her, saying, “you’re dead Sophie.” Then she remembers: I died on a Tuesday afternoon, struck by a […]
  • Why Did They Vanish?
    If you visit an even moderately old museum display on human evolution, or open anything but the latest textbooks on the subject, you’ll encounter cave-dwelling, mammoth-hunting Neanderthals who are beetle-browed, stooped, and distinctly unintelligent-looking. But over the past few years the Neanderthals of our imaginations have evolved marvelously, so that recent images closely resemble us […]
  • Remembrance of Things Past
    When I was a little boy, not more than ten or eleven, I would label photographs. In our apartment in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn—I lived there with my mother, an older sister, and my little brother—photographs were kept in boxes or in albums, in which after a while the thick paper they had been […]
  • When Slaves Fled to Mexico
    There has long been a fascination with the plight of enslaved Blacks who ran away from southern slaveholders in the decades before the Civil War. Powerful autobiographies by runaways such as Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs immerse us in their physical pain and psychological suffering, their longing and frustration, and their sense […]
  • Irreconcilable Hebron
    It was about 7 PM on May 2, 1980, when Tayseer Abu Sneineh set out from a cave hideout on the outskirts of Hebron with three other Palestinian militants. Like his comrades, Abu Sneineh, a twenty-eight-year-old math teacher, was a member of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group, the leading faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The […]
  • Steeltown in the Rearview
    Americans born in the two decades following World War II grew up in an atmosphere of prosperity and hope. Between 1945 and 1970, US production of goods and services quadrupled, and much of the country began to take its modern form, with highways, motels and office buildings. By 1971, virtually every American household had a […]
  • Asking the Right Questions
    On April 15, 2021, we published Sheila Heti’s afterword to the newly translated 1969 novel by Clarice Lispector An Apprenticeship, which takes as its subject the “quest to love and be loved,” Heti writes. “But in order to truly love and be loved, one must first find one’s way to the most difficult thing, which […]
  • Who Gets to Live ‘the Good Life’?
    These days, people who can afford to ponder the questions are asking themselves where and how they should live. There has been an uptick in upper-middle-class urbanites buying property in rural areas where Covid-19 numbers have generally been lower, and, according to a Pew Research survey, about one in five adults has moved or knows […]

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  • Arizona State's Success Story: Model or Mirage?
    Michael Crow champions his campus as a new ideal. But does much of it simply boil down to cost control?By Steven Brint Michael Crow champions his campus as a new ideal. But does much of it simply boil down to cost control?
  • The Cynicism of Selective Admissions
    Power-hungry bureaucrats don't appreciate the consequences of their influence over applicants.By Matt Feeney Power-hungry bureaucrats don't appreciate the consequences of their influence over applicants.
  • The Professor of Paranoia
    Mark Crispin Miller, who is suing his colleagues, used to study conspiracy theories. Now he pushes them. By Mark Dery Mark Crispin Miller, who is suing his colleagues, used to study conspiracy theories. Now he pushes them.
  • Stephen Hawking and the Billionaires
    Why did the physicist endorse the kooky ideas of the fabulously wealthy?By Charles Seife Why the physicist cozied up to the fabulously wealthy.
  • In Defense of Holistic Admissions
    Despite what some critics suggest, the approach is neither scandalous nor new. And it's good for colleges.By Robert J. Massa, Bill Conley, and David Holmes Despite what some critics suggest, the approach is neither scandalous nor new. And it's good for colleges.
  • The Case Against Admissions Lotteries
    The radical idea is appealing in theory but useless in practice.By Rebecca Zwick The radical idea is appealing in theory but useless in practice.
  • How Students Are Furthering Academe's Corporatization
    By insisting on bureaucratic solutions to diversity problems, they are empowering administrations at the expense of the faculty.By Amna Khalid By insisting on bureaucratic solutions to diversity problems, they are empowering administrations at the expense of the faculty.
  • Are Humanities Professors Moral Experts?
    We have become confused about our roles as aesthetic educators.By Michael Clune We have become confused about our roles as aesthetic educators.
  • Data Is Not the Enemy of the Humanities
    Scholars like Jill Lepore misunderstand the nature of the digital threat.By Dan Sinykin Scholars like Jill Lepore misunderstand the nature of the digital threat.
  • The 'Flagship' Folly
    The nautical metaphor is a shoddy classifier of colleges — but a clear signal of higher ed's obsession with status.By Brendan Cantwell and W. Carson Byrd The nautical metaphor is a shoddy classifier of colleges — but a clear signal of higher ed's obsession with status.