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Lt. Audie Murphy (1945)

A Tragic Hero

Offscreen and on the battlefield with Audie Murphy.

BY MICHAEL DIRDA

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Max Beerbohm by Walter Sickert (1897)

Max Unillustrated

A major minor master in prose.

BY DANNY HEITMAN

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Bob Hope, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (1970)

White House Cool

Celebrity as two-edged sword for presidents

BY TEVI TROY

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, Massachusetts

Spectral Presence

Echoes of Salem across the centuries.

BY DAVID AIKMAN

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Kirsten Powers

Say It Again

A liberal makes the conservative case for free speech.

BY CLAUDIA ANDERSON

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Grace Coolidge (1923)

The East Wing

All the presidents’ spouses in one place.

BY ARAM BAKSHIAN JR.

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Prince George, Duke of Kent (ca. 1941)

Fighting Siblings

The House of Windsor in uniform.

BY DOMINIC GREEN

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

NEWSCOM

An Afghan Tale

Reality and unreality at a Combat Outpost.

BY ANN MARLOWE

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

‘Algonquin 1998’ by Natalie Ascencios

Manhattan Fare

A pilgrim’s guide to the Algonquin Round Table.

BY AMY HENDERSON

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

The Battle of Waterloo

Wellington’s Axis

At Waterloo, victory pivoted on a farmhouse.

BY STEPHEN G. SMITH

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Atlanticspeak

Atlanticspeak

What we say over here, what they hear over there.

BY MICHAEL M. ROSEN

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Buster Keaton

Screen Tests

BY SONNY BUNCH

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

The author at 6 years old

Girl in the Mirror

One very unconventional coming-of-age.

BY SOPHIE FLACK

July 6 - July 13, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 41

Ian Bostridge singing Schubert

The Genius Cycle

‘Art produced at the knife’s edge of despair.’

BY ALGIS VALIUNAS

June 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

American soldiers hurl grenades on the Piave front.

Over There

A not-quite-definitive dispatch from the Western Front.

BY CHRISTOPHER TIMMERS

June 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

An asylum for the houseless and poor

London Calling

The documentary version of Dickens’s metropolis.

BY EDWARD SHORT

June 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

Groucho Marx as Professor Wagstaff in ‘Horse Feathers’ (1932)

Opening Shot

Antidotes to the closing of the American mind.

BY THOMAS L. JEFFERS

June 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Monster Mash

The dinosaur quality of a blockbuster franchise.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

Rounding third (ca. 1915)

Hero as Villain

What you know about Ty Cobb would surprise him.

BY GEOFFREY NORMAN

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Modest Mussorgsky

‘Pictures’ Tell a Story

The heavy burden for a light touch at the keyboard.

BY COLIN FLEMING

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Elizabeth Bishop

A Poet in Place

The life and work of a ‘fastidious perfectionist.’

BY HEATHER TRESELER

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Melissa McCarthy

Company Gal

Not for the first time, the star outshines the movie.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Mabel the goshawk

Prey with Me

The art of falconry as antidote for grief.

BY SARA LODGE

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Adolf Hitler, Mustafa Kemal

Design for Power

What the Nazis saw, and didn’t see, in the Turkish strongman.

BY THOMAS A. KOHUT

June 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

Michael Oakeshott at Cambridge (1933)

The Conversationalist

The more he learned, declared Michael Oakeshott, the less he knew.

BY JOSEPH EPSTEIN

June 15, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 38

Sydney Lucas, Michael Cerveris in ‘Fun Home’

Looking Backward

The gay sensibility in theater confronts success.

BY KYLE SMITH

June 15, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 38

With Lana Turner at the wheel, John Garfield tries to kill Cecil Kellaway

Crime Pays Off

Why you should raise the kids on crime fiction.

BY STEFAN BECK

June 15, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 38

Blythe Danner

Blythe Spirit

The heart and soul of a late revelation.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 15, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 38

Harry Truman (left) as haberdasher (1920)

Self-Correction

An economic depression is left to its own devices.

BY RICH DANKER

June 15, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 38

Wilbur (left) and Orville Wright (1910)

Flying Machinists

The air wasn’t conquered with the greatest of ease.

BY DAVID BAHR

June 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37

Central portal, Chartres Cathedral

The Middle Range

Sometimes contemporary scholarship is a disservice to the past.

BY CHAROTTE ALLEN

June 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37

Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1979

Miller’s Lament

When misattributions reach critical mass.

BY STEPHEN MILLER

June 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37

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