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'Self-portrait in a fur-collared robe' by Albrecht Durer (1500)

Mirror, Mirror

The changing instinct for self-depiction

BY HENRIK BERING

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

C. E. Stevens, Oxford history don, with student (1958)

And Gladly Learn

Will you, won’t you, benefit from graduate education?

BY ABIGAIL LAVIN

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ (2014)

Murder by Candlelight

The new indoor theater at Shakespeare’s Globe

BY SARA LODGE

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

Sir Douglas Haig (1918)

In Dubious Battle

The Great War, of modern memory, at 100

BY J. HARVIE WILKINSON III

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

Francisco Franco (center) and colleagues (1938)

Spanish Upheaval

Republicans, nationalists, and the crucible of modern Spain

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Louis Kahn’s National Assembly building, Dhaka

Designs for Power

Three Western visions on the Indian subcontinent

BY PAULA DEITZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

After signing the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson hands a pen to Martin Luther

Civil Rights and Wrongs

The stalemate was ended, but the debate goes on

BY GERARD ALEXANDER

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Tom Cruise

Edge of Oblivion

For Tom Cruise, from top gun to second fiddle?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Bacchus depicted by Peter Paul Rubens (ca. 1640)

Flesh Is Weak

The science and philosophy of putting on/taking off weight

BY KEVIN R. KOSAR

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

‘The Coronation of King Edward VII’ by Edwin Austin Abbey (ca. 1904)

Bertie the Good

The royal antidote to Victorian austerity.

BY EDWARD SHORT

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Seth MacFarlane

‘Saddles’ Revisited

A parody of a spoof of a well-worn formula.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Charles Murray

Back to Basics

The right way, and the wrong way, to begin the journey.

BY KELLY JANE TORRANCE

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

‘Next to [Proust] all the other works we know seem to be no more than novellas.’

An Uncommon Reader

Erich Auerbach and the understanding of literature.

BY JOSEPH EPSTEIN

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Louisa Catherine Adams by Charles Robert Leslie (1816)

The Other Mrs. Adams

A view from the front row of the young republic.

BY EDWARD ACHORN

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

AP

The Greatest Ex

Herbert Hoover and his post-presidential triumph.

BY ARAM BAKSHIAN JR.

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Ted Danson as Lemuel Gulliver (1996)

Dean of Contradictions

The savage, satiric, sympathetic Swift.

BY JAMES BOWMAN

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Doones

Verdict on ‘Doonesbury’

Dated, dull, and reliably predictable.

BY PETER TONGUETTE

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

What Macy’s Wrought

Of computers and the convergence of minds.

BY JOSHUA GELERNTER

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

twentieth century fox film corp.

One-Scene Wonder

The seventh installment of ‘X-Men’ poses a quandary.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Newscom

Scary Stuff

You think ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ is traumatic? Think again.

BY JOE QUEENAN

June 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Bryan Cranston

Godzilla sans Giggles

‘Less is more’ works for atomic monsters, too.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

Laurence Olivier as Henry V (1943)

Scratch an Actor

.  .  . and you’ll find an actor—like Laurence Olivier.

BY HENRIK BERING

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

hands

Brain Drain

A tale of old minds in new bodies, and the meaning of consciousness.

BY ANN MARLOWE

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

Mary Evans Picture Library / Everett Collection

Hello, Beethoven

A look at the life behind the music.

BY GEORGE B. STAUFFER

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

‘Mata Mua (In Olden Times)’ (1892)

Paradise Found

The ideal(ized) vision of Paul Gauguin.

BY DANIEL ROSS GOODMAN

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

Eddie Rickenbacker

The Ace of Aces

Eddie Rickenbacker in the nation’s service.

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

June 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36

The 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field (April 23, 2014)

George Will at Bat

Wrigley Field and the national pastime.

BY ANDREW FERGUSON

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

Hero and/or Martyr

Hero and/or Martyr

One desperate act and its unintended consequences.

BY PHILIP TERZIAN

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ by Karl Briullov (1830-33)

Up from the Ashes

Pompeii’s second life, in fact and fiction.

BY JAMES M. BANNER JR.

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau

Tasty Metaphor

A ‘food-cart-as-spiritual-salvation’ idea that works.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

Lemonade!

Misrule of Law

A dose of medicine for ‘runaway legalism.’

BY ROBERT WHITCOMB

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

Duke Ellington (seated) and the band (ca. 1940)

Take the ‘E’ Train

A definitive life of the great American composer.

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35