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Daša Drndić

An Adriatic Dream

Metaphorical drama for the 20th century.

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

Fidel Castro, Juan Reinaldo Sánchez (ca. 1980)

Defender of Fidel

No dictator is a hero to his bodyguard.

BY RONALD RADOSH

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

Athena, an android in 'Tomorrowland'

Strange Bedfellows

Human-android love is a nonstarter. Period.

BY JOE QUEENAN

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall (1965)

Fear Itself

The art of sharing the stage with dread.

BY JOHN CHECK

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

T. S. Eliot (1920)

Poet in Embryo

Old Possum’s formative years.

BY JAMES MATTHEW WILSON

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

‘Lincoln Writing the Proclamation of Freedom’ (1863) by David Gilmour Blythe

Emancipation Strategy

The ushering-out of the Peculiar Institution.

BY RICHARD STRINER

August 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

Entails of Woe

The soap-operatic succession saga of the Sackvilles.

BY SYDNEY LEACH

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

Sian Phillips, Kyle MacLachlan in ‘Dune’ (1984)

Dune’s Half-Century

A cult classic stands the test of time.

BY JOSEPH BOTTUM

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

Henry Luce (1956)

Mighty Brow

The unheralded emblem of power and authority.

BY THOMAS VINCIGUERRA

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

Stone currency of Yap

Loose Change

Measuring history by the money supply.

BY JAY WEISER

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

Amy Schumer, Bill Hader

Auteur, Auteur

Amy Schumer benefits from Judd Apatow’s formula.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)

Myth Makers

The long reach of a famous circle of Oxford scholars.

BY MICHAEL NELSON

August 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44

Red knot at Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Now, Voyager

The science—and mystery—of the disappearing red knot.

BY CHRISTOPH IRMSCHER

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

Sanford

A Ghost’s Lament

The collision at the corner of Language and Politics.

BY JAMES BOWMAN

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

‘Sappho and Alcaeus’ by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1881)

Classical Intoxication

Love through the lens of Sappho.

BY A.E. STALLINGS

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

The artist in Los Angeles (1978)

Rocks of Ages

Isamu Noguchi, sculpting at dual purposes.

BY JAMES GARDNER

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

The British Army in Berlin (1945)

Germany in Extremis

The death, and rebirth, of its modern state.

BY ANDREW NAGORSKI

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

Paul Dano as the young Brian Wilson

Genius Is Pain

But there are fewer laurels for craftsmanship.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

July 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

Thomas C. Oden

The Turning Points

One theologian’s journey from there to here.

BY MARK TOOLEY

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear, Sadness

Bland Exterior

Inside Riley Anderson is the better place to be.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Napoleon in the palm of George III, by James Gillray (1803)

Let George Do It

A bumpy ride for America’s last king.

BY HENRIK BERING

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Remnants of the brick Dixie Highway, Espanola, Florida

Highway to Heaven

Building the yellow brick road to sunny Florida.

BY DANIEL LEE

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Hyeonseo Lee

Magnetic North

A personal and political drama on the Korean peninsula.

BY JOHN C. CHALBERG

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Singularity

Loss of Feeling

‘Men, trying to make themselves immortal, manage only to make themselves inhuman.’

BY PARKER BAUER

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

Gary Hemming on Mont Blanc (1966)

The Salter Version

Why the novelist’s prose was better than his fiction.

BY JEREMY BERNSTEIN

July 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42

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

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