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The Original Mad Man

The Original Mad Man

Al Feldstein, 1925-2014.

BY PHILIP TERZIAN

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

‘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

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

Presidents Xi Jinping, Barack Obama at The Hague (2014)

Beijing Rising

The Chinese challenge to American supremacy.

BY DAN BLUMENTHAL

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

‘Departure’ (1932) by Max Beckmann

The Evil of Banality

On the Nazi perversion of art.

BY JAMES GARDNER

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

Discount Eyewash

Discount Eyewash

The coupon as emblem of consumer confidence.

BY JOE QUEENAN

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

Alan Greenspan testifying before Congress (1998)

Just Soothsayin’

The economy acts as predicted. Except when it doesn’t.

BY IRWIN M. STELZER

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

Johnny Depp

Bullets Over Berkeley

Science fiction plus magic equals disaster.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

Robert Frost and his son Carol (1916)

Frost Unplugged

The greatness revealed in the poet’s correspondence.

BY MICAH MATTIX

May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32

‘Barberini’s Ivory’ (sixth century)

Imperial Transition

Sailing to Byzantium, with a push from the Vandals.

BY RICHARD TADA

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Governor Berkeley addressing the rebels

Virginia Inflamed

Bacon’s Rebellion: power grab or principled uprising?

BY MARK TOOLEY

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

‘Gog,’ starring Richard Egan (second from right) and Constance Dowling (1954)

Man vs. Machine

The limits (?) of artificial intelligence.

BY JAMES C. BANKS

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Vladimir Voinovich (2010)

Prophet of Ukraine

The Russian novelist who’s seen it all coming.

BY CATHY YOUNG

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Richard Ravitch, Edward Koch, Michael Bloomberg (2009)

Citizen Ravitch

The good, the bad, and the future of New York.

BY FRED SIEGEL

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Kevin Costner

At the Meh-vies

Nice enough, and all that, but worth the trouble?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

katherine messenger

Updike’s Story

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Fear and Loathsome

Fear and Loathsome

The comic-book movie enters its Commie Age.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

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Secondhand Rose

Will he, won’t he, should he be in the Hall of Fame?

BY EDWARD ACHORN

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Pleasant Valley Prison, Coalinga, California (2003)

America Behind Bars

Does the punishment fit the crimes?

BY ROBERT F. NAGEL

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Theme Building and control tower, Los Angeles International Airport

City of Angles

Understanding—and appreciating—Los Angeles by design.

BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

John Rizzo (2008)

From the Inside Out

A lawyer-spy makes the case for the CIA.

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Tammany Hall, 1914

Big Blue Machine

The rise and fall of New York’s Tammany Hall.

BY VINCENT J. CANNATO

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Rock Hudson, Julie Andrews in ‘Darling Lili’ (1970)

Must the Show Go On?

A postscript to the golden age of movie musicals.

BY PETER TONGUETTE

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Irwin, Nebraska

The Middle Way

Recognizing a neglected landscape in American history.

BY JAMES SEATON

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

Flood the Zone

Noah meets the Book of Enoch, rock monsters, and a ravenous Eve.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Robert Moses

Yesterday’s Future

A World’s Fair in Queens for a nation in transition.

BY LAUREN ZELT

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Bill Robinson, Shirley Temple in  ‘The Little Colonel’ (1935)

America’s Sweetheart

In the 1930s, there really was one.

BY RICHARD STRINER

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Ralph Fiennes

Just Checking In

There’s a lot going on at the Grand Budapest, but to what end?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28