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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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Samuel Mudd House, Charles County, Maryland

Booth on Stage

Echoes and memories of the actor-assassin.

BY EDWIN M. YODER JR.

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

‘Newly Published Cat’s Games’ (1884)  by Utagawa Kunitoshi

Hello, Kitties

An exhibition of cat art as metaphor.

BY TARA BARNETT

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

Emma Sky (second from left), Gen. Ray Odierno (center) in Khalis, Iraq (2009)

Lost Victory

Building up, tearing down in Iraq.

BY GARY SCHMITT

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

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

Eighth-floor gallery: exposed roof beams and slanted skylights

Whitney’s New Digs

Alas, the very model of a modern major museum.

BY DANIEL GELERNTER

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Franklin Raines: ‘We manage our political risk with the same intensity that we m

Mortgage Madness

Blame for the 2008 financial collapse is, and should be, widespread.

BY JAY COST

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Ferguson Jenkins

A Fable for Moderns

The Cubs will win the World Series. And the Fed will raise interest rates.

BY JOE QUEENAN

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Shelley Memorial, University College, Oxford

Isn’t It Romantic

The late Peter Gay underestimates the movement.

BY JAMES SEATON

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Chinese destroyer ‘Harbin’ visits Pearl Harbor (1997).

Numero Uno

The not-so-secret Chinese strategy for global supremacy.

BY ALEXANDER GRAY

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Neanderthal family models in ‘Ice Age Giants’ exhibition, Garding, Germany (2011

Poor Relations

The rise and fall of our Neanderthal cousins.

BY ELIZABETH POWERS

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Smiling for the camera: Churchill, Truman, Stalin

Best-Laid Plans

Meeting at Potsdam but thinking of Versailles.

BY JAMES M. BANNER JR.

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Robert Aickman

Strange Interludes

A second introduction to a master of the mysterious.

BY CATHY YOUNG

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Saul Bellow (1962)

On His Way

The irresistible rise of Saul Bellow.

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Mad Max

Max Redux

The first postapocalyptic vision remains the best.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Cosimo I de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino (ca. 1545)

Unsweetness and Light

Backstage at the Renaissance was a dangerous place to be.

BY LAWRENCE KLEPP

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Schumann

Out of the Shadows

The otherworldly sounds of Schumann’s violin concerto.

BY COLIN FLEMING

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Words and pictures for your parents’ Constitution.

America’s Blueprint

Words and pictures for your parents’ Constitution.

BY TARA HELFMAN

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Marvel people

Comic Opera

When the superheroes join forces, it’s time to head for the hills.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

John hunting with hounds (14th century)

King John’s Verdict

The good, the bad, and Magna Carta.

BY ANN MARLOWE

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald (ca. 1960)

I Got It Bad

Setting that certain feeling to music.

BY JOSEPH BOTTUM

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Library of Congress

Rough First Draft

On the trail of Tobias Wolff’s debut novel.

BY GRAHAM HILLARD

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34