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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

Honor Thy Fathers

Honor Thy Fathers

The biblical rules in cultural perspective.

BY DAVID WOLPE

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

Old Route 66, Adrian, Texas

Getting There

A debut novel about the American road trip, family-style.

BY EMILY COLETTE WILKINSON

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

An Academic Barred

An Academic Barred

A New Formalist manifesto—in verse.

BY JAMES MATTHEW WILSON

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

Sea of Troubles

Sea of Troubles

The Pacific as naval battleground.

BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS

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

Janie Taylor and Nilas Martins in Balanchine’s ‘Square Dance’ (2005)

An Echo of Balanchine

Janie Taylor: an appreciation.

BY SOPHIE FLACK

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Senators Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) at a press conference

Ordeal by Congress

The human cost of advice and consent.

BY TERRY EASTLAND

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Why They Filmed

Why They Filmed

The Hollywood response to the challenge of war.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Robert Graves (1941)

Action into Words

The Great War and modern poetry.

BY EDWARD SHORT

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Gareth Jones

Hunger for Truth

The silence that came with starvation in the Ukraine.

BY ANDREW STUTTAFORD

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Hard Times

Hard Times

The white-trashing of American television.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

Rhys Ifans as the Earl of Oxford in ‘Anonymous’ (2011)

Bard of Honor

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? Of course he did.

BY MICAH MATTIX

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

The 405 freeway, Los Angeles (2013)

California Dreaming

The Golden State is looking increasingly leaden.

BY MARK PULLIAM

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

Chromolithograph of Audubon’s mallards

A Way to See the Birds

Is it possible to improve upon Audubon?

BY CHRISTOPH IRMSCHER

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn (1940)

A Moveable Thirst

The importance of being Ernest Hemingway’s cocktail shaker.

BY MARTIN MORSE WOOSTER

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

The ‘London Gazette’ (May 14, 1705)

The Paper Chase

Printing and human nature get acquainted.

BY LAWRENCE KLEPP

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

Frank Vincentz

How Do You Feel?

The interrogative mysteries of Deep Space.

BY JOE QUEENAN

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

Weeki Wachee mermaids (2013)

Too Much Sunshine

The quick, easy search for unconventional Florida.

BY THOMAS SWICK

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

John Podhoretz

Monumental Bore

The perfect war story becomes an imperfect star vehicle.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

Jay Cost

The Middle Kingdom

Everybody loves the spirit of compromise. Except voters.

BY JAY COST

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor

Good Night, Sweet Prince

The Met metes out a rebuke to Vladimir Putin.

BY PAUL DU QUENOY

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert Gates (June 22, 2010)

Man at War

A defense chief straddles two worlds.

BY ELIOT A. COHEN

March 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, ca. 1623

Bernini’s Progress

In and out of favor, in and out of fashion.

BY ALGIS VALIUNAS

March 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24

‘Battle of Waterloo’ by William Sadler II (ca. 1830)

Literary Man of War

John Keegan: an appreciation.

BY EDWIN M. YODER JR.

March 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24

Memorial Church in Harvard Yard

The Learning Curve

What are the aims of education—and reform?

BY JONATHAN MARKS

March 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24

Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright in ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix Effect

‘The line between politics and entertainment has become more distinct.’

BY ELI LEHRER

March 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24

FDR (left), Josephus Daniels decorating  Marine officers, ca. 1918

Visionary/Reactionary

The paradox of a Tar Heel editor-politician.

BY MARK TOOLEY

March 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24

Carrie Nation (1910)

Thou Shalt Not

The vice squads keep changing their minds.

BY PATRICK COOKE

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

warner bros.

Business Is Good

Product placement in the form of ‘satire.’

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

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

Garden Suburbs

Visions of Green

When suburban sprawl is a Good Thing.

BY ANTHONY PALETTA

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

Alan Ladd, MacDonald Carey in the 1949 version

Lost in Translation

‘The Great Gatsby’ on film is doomed to failure.

BY RACHEL DICARLO CURRIE

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

A New York production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (2011)

To Manners Born

The English version of civility.

BY SARA LODGE

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