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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

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

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

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

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