archive: Books & Arts

Jersey Boys

Bullet-Dodging

Sometimes it pays to be excluded from the fun.

BY JOE QUEENAN

February 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23

Shirley MacLaine, Bob Fosse (1969)

Dance to Excess

Bob Fosse, demon choreographer.

BY GINA DALFONZO

February 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22

Louis Armstrong arrives in Milan on a USIA tour (1959).

The Picture of America

To see ourselves as others see us, diplomatically.

BY SAM SCHULMAN

February 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22

Woody Allen (2013)

Fallen Idol

Woody Allen and the culture of celebrity.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

February 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22

Bernard Berenson (ca. 1955)

The Connoisseur

Bernard Berenson and the appreciation of art.

BY JAMES GARDNER

February 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22

Floyd Abrams in his office (1986)

Mr. First Amendment

Congress shall make no law abridging Floyd Abrams’s brief.

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

February 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22

‘A Friend in Need’ (1900) by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Social Animals

Pondering the limits of anthropomorphism.

BY WRAY HERBERT

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

Everett Collection / Newscom

The Red Warbler

Pete Seeger, 1919-2014.

BY RONALD RADOSH

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

Maimonides, philosopher and Jew.

A Second Moses

Maimonides, philosopher and Jew.

BY MARK BLITZ

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

Thomas Kean presents the 9/11 Commission report  to George W. Bush (2004).

How Do We Know?

The politics of the post-9/11 reforms.

BY ALVIN S. FELZENBERG

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

Thomas Eagleton, Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Edmund Muskie (1972)

Opiate of the Elites

The gentrification of the American left.

BY VINCENT J. CANNATO

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

German troops transporting Signorelli’s ‘Crucifixion’

Monuments Men

The battle to rescue Europe’s art from the Nazis.

BY BRUCE COLE

February 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21

Reinhold Niebuhr (1956)

The Good(?) Old Days

The postwar cultural consensus was not so stable.

BY JAMES SEATON

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

‘Icon of the Hospitality of Abraham’ (late 14th century)

East to West

The Byzantine bridge from the classical to the modern world.

BY CATESBY LEIGH

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

‘Gassed’ (detail) by John Singer Sargent (1919)

Casualties of War

Medicine as metaphor for the Western Front.

BY JAMES BOWMAN

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

Joaquin Phoenix

Crazy for It

Boy meets machine. Boy falls in love. No, really .  .  .

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

the penguin press

Imaginary Novelist

Has reality rendered Thomas Pynchon obsolete?

BY STEFAN BECK

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

Newscom

Virtue Rewarded?

The origins of the ‘Human Rights Revolution’ are more complicated than this.

BY JEREMY RABKIN

February 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

sierra club / ballantine books

Remember the Future?

The population bomb was ticking, and apocalypse was next in line .  .  .

BY PATRICK ALLITT

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Jack Oakie, Loretta Young, Clark Gable in ‘The Call of the Wild’ (1935)

The Ice Palace

Jack London’s thousand words a day.

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Donna Tartt

Identity Theft

How we know, or don’t know, who we are.

BY EVE TUSHNET

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Dick Cheney, Jonathan Reiner, M.D. (2013)

Heavy Heart

The life and cardiac times of Dick Cheney.

BY TEVI TROY

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Saving Mr. Disney

Saving Mr. Disney

The fairy tale is about a movie studio, not Mary Poppins.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Vincent of Lérins

Tradition Unbound

A church father gets an ideological makeover.

BY JOSEPH BOTTUM

January 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Leonardo DiCaprio

Wild in the Street

Too much on the spending, too little on the getting.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson

Act I, Scene Two

Following George Washington was a complicated business.

BY JAMES M. BANNER JR.

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

Newscom

Practice, Practice?

Great athletes are born, not made.

BY MICHAEL M. ROSEN

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

J. Harvie Wilkinson, Antonin Scalia, Robert Bork

Is There a Third Way?

Challenge, not deference, to the majority.

BY JONATHAN V. LAST

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

President Obama and Led Zeppelin (2012)

Slighting Downhill

From highbrow to lowbrow, in black tie.

BY PETER TONGUETTE

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

‘Le déjeuner sur l’herbe’ by Édouard Manet (1863)

Heroic by Nature

Émile Zola and the literary representation of art.

BY EDWIN M. YODER JR.

January 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

J. T. Rogers

Stagecraftsman

An appreciation of J. T. Rogers.

BY JONATHAN LEAF

January 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17

Boys and girls playing sandlot baseball (1946)

Play’s the Thing

Send children outside, and let them be children.

BY ABBY W. SCHACHTER

January 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17