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‘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

Newscom

Scary Stuff

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

BY JOE QUEENAN

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

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

Eddie Rickenbacker

The Ace of Aces

Eddie Rickenbacker in the nation’s service.

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

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

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

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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

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

Hermann Hesse (1960)

The Walking Cure

In the footsteps of Hermann Hesse.

BY JOHN STEINBREDER

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

‘Evening at Kuerners’ (1970)

Terror in the Abstract

How Andrew Wyeth saw the world, and himself.

BY ANDREW FERGUSON

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

A Lesson for America

A Lesson for America

What made us great can keep us great.

BY DAVID AIKMAN

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

Capt. Henry Gerecke in England (1944)

God and the Nazis

An American chaplain pursues a connection.

BY ANDREW NAGORSKI

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

The Original Mad Man

The Original Mad Man

Al Feldstein, 1925-2014.

BY PHILIP TERZIAN

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller in New York (1967)

Director’s Notes

A giant of the theater as man of letters.

BY MALCOLM FORBES

May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34

Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton

Variation on a Theme

An old idea gets a surprisingly fresh treatment.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

Gwen Edelman

Horror Hits Home

A tale of the Warsaw Ghetto and its aftermath.

BY DIANE SCHARPER

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

James Mason and friend in ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ (1954)

Hello, Suckers

What you don’t know about the versatile octopus.

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

Old woman with ducks from ‘A History of British Birds’

Natural Wonder

Celebrating the art (and life) of Thomas Bewick.

BY SARA LODGE

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

‘Wheel of Fortune’ on location in Las Vegas (2013)

Vanna-ty Fare

The confessions of a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ fan.

BY JOHN SIMON

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

An Ugarit letter from King Ini-Teshup of Karkemish, 13th-12th century b.c.

Mediterranean Mystery

A sudden, and inscrutable, Bronze Age catastrophe.

BY SUSAN KRISTOL

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33