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Peter Theo Curtis in the custody of al Qaeda

Sword vs. Pen

In the Age of Terror, the status of journalists is evolving

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

Beyond the Lights Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

A Star Is Born

By any measure, you won’t forget Gugu Mbatha-Raw

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

Students protesting tuition increases, University of California, Berkeley

Learning Curve

Self-esteem is up while knowledge is down

BY JONATHAN MARKS

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

James Laughlin and Ezra Pound in the hills above Rapallo (1937)

Gentleman of Letters

The hits and misses of James Laughlin

BY MARJORIE PERLOFF

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

One Writer’s Message

‘Any kind of integrity helps in this world, and I have my own kind.’

BY JAMES SEATON

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

Ant on a leaf

Once and Future Kings

A vertebrate’s tribute to our numerous cohabitants

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

‘Jone’s Diner’ (1979)

The Real Thing

Richard Estes and his photographic vision

BY AMY HENDERSON

January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17

John Casey at Sewanee, 2014

Master Class

The craft of fiction and the art of rewriting

BY PARKER BAUER

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Christian Bale

Exodus, Stage Left

The biblical saga gets an up-to-the-minute adaptation

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

Highway billboard, Selma, Alabama (1965)

Red Whitewash

Revising—or disguising—a chapter in civil rights history

BY HARVEY KLEHR

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), Pa Joad (Russell Simpson),  ‘The

Dust to Dust

At 75, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ is less persuasive than ever

BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment cross a river in the Sangin District,

Some Faces of War

Brave men, flawed strategies in Afghanistan

BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

Pvt. Jason Kukkola, George W. Bush, Anita Kukkola at Walter Reed (2005)

The Art of Healing

Mothers, sons, daughters, and soldiers

BY JONATHAN V. LAST

December 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16

‘Pierrot’ by Antoine Watteau (ca. 1718)

Philosophy in a Clown Suit

An unexpected key to understanding culture

BY PAUL A. CANTOR

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

Everything old—even the ‘morbidness’—is new again

The Children’s Hour

Everything old—even the ‘morbidness’—is new again

BY ELIZABETH POWERS

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

Santa in Nanjing (2012)

The China Effect

Please understand you’ll be misunderstood

BY ABIGAIL LAVIN

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

John Cho, Karen Gillan

Accustomed to Interface

‘Pygmalion’ finds its way to social media

BY ABBY W. SCHACHTER

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

Mark Strand

Poet of Understatement

Mark Strand, 1934-2014

BY ELI LEHRER

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

‘The Repentant Saint Peter’ (ca. 1600)

God and the Artist

The vision of El Greco as seen in Washington

BY EVE TUSHNET

December 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15

P. D. James, 1920-2014.

Mistress of Murder

P. D. James, 1920-2014

BY JON L. BREEN

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

The writer as celebrity, and vice versa

Stormin’ Norman

The writer as celebrity, and vice versa

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

‘Portrait of Dr. Erwin von Graff’ (1910)

Schiele’s Faces

Portraits by the artist of the inner self

BY DANIEL ROSS GOODMAN

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

‘Listening to the sermon in a Church of England church’ by T. H. Jones

Here the Word

The English sermon as theology and social history

BY EDWARD SHORT

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

A weird, tragic, compelling tale tainted by politics

Wrestlers and Brothers

A weird, tragic, compelling tale tainted by politics

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

‘The relief of the Light Brigade’ by Richard Caton Woodville

Into the Valley

The stories behind the legend of the charge of the Light Brigade

BY ANDRE VAN LOON

December 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

Philippe de Montebello

A Visual Dialogue

What connoisseurs talk about when they talk among themselves

BY JAMES GARDNER

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

Corbis

Comète Française

A British portrait of France’s hero

BY DOMINIC GREEN

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher’ (2012)

The Reacher File

Lee Child’s creation, in the great tradition

BY JON L. BREEN

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

Harold Lloyd (center) in ‘Girl Shy’ (1924)

The Laughs on Us

What used to make Americans smile, and still does

BY PETER TONGUETTE

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

'General Washington Resigning His Commission’ by John Trumbull (1817)

The Transition Years

How, and why, George Washington stepped back onstage

BY ALEC D. ROGERS

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

St. Patrick

Outer Borough Tales

Man hands on misery to man in Queens

BY DAVID SKINNER

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

Old-Time Religion

The perilous lives of Elizabethan Catholics

BY J. J. SCARISBRICK

December 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13

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