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L’État, C’est Moi

L’État, C’est Moi

With the stroke of a pen, the executive branch reigns supreme

BY ILAN WURMAN

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Concert Ticket line

Shut Up, Please

One man’s approach to a problem of modern music

BY JOE QUEENAN

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Beaver at work

Natural Design

The birds and the bees and the engineering instinct

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

AMC theater, La Jolla, California

The Comfort Zone

Latest trends in the modern moviegoing experience

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Lenin

Red Dawn

The best-laid plans of Lenin and Trotsky are thwarted

BY J. P. O’MALLEY

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

David Niven and Shirley MacLaine in ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ (1956)

Fantastic Voyage

The literary (?) career of Jules Verne

BY ALGIS VALIUNAS

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Emma Lazarus

Lazarus Rising

One poem, one statue, and a cast of characters from Gilded Age America

BY DIANE SCHARPER

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Hank Williams

Ramblin’ Man

Hank Williams is back on the air.

BY COLIN FLEMING

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

Got religion?

Their Daily Bread

The millennial challenge to organized religion.

BY DAVID SKEEL

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

Getty

Go Down Swinging

The unlikely career of England’s poet-pugilist.

BY MICAH MATTIX

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

‘Speeding Train’ by Ivo Pannaggi (1922)

Vision of Tomorrow

An Italian landscape called the Future.

BY DANIEL ROSS GOODMAN

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

Down

Pick Yourself Up

America as the land of the second chance.

BY MICHAEL M. ROSEN

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

‘Moonrise Over the Sea’ (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich

Of the World of Life

The sacred as a basic element of humanity.

BY DOMINIC GREEN

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

paul de man

The Fake’s Progress

Reconstructing the deconstructionist’s inventions.

BY MATTHEW WALTHER

July 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41

‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ (2014)

Murder by Candlelight

The new indoor theater at Shakespeare’s Globe

BY SARA LODGE

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

Sir Douglas Haig (1918)

In Dubious Battle

The Great War, of modern memory, at 100

BY J. HARVIE WILKINSON III

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

The Fault in Our Stars Directed by Josh Boone

Death and the Maiden

There’s a flaw at the heart of this unpretentious tearjerker

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

'Self-portrait in a fur-collared robe' by Albrecht Durer (1500)

Mirror, Mirror

The changing instinct for self-depiction

BY HENRIK BERING

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

C. E. Stevens, Oxford history don, with student (1958)

And Gladly Learn

Will you, won’t you, benefit from graduate education?

BY ABIGAIL LAVIN

June 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

Tom Cruise

Edge of Oblivion

For Tom Cruise, from top gun to second fiddle?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Bacchus depicted by Peter Paul Rubens (ca. 1640)

Flesh Is Weak

The science and philosophy of putting on/taking off weight

BY KEVIN R. KOSAR

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Francisco Franco (center) and colleagues (1938)

Spanish Upheaval

Republicans, nationalists, and the crucible of modern Spain

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

Louis Kahn’s National Assembly building, Dhaka

Designs for Power

Three Western visions on the Indian subcontinent

BY PAULA DEITZ

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

After signing the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson hands a pen to Martin Luther

Civil Rights and Wrongs

The stalemate was ended, but the debate goes on

BY GERARD ALEXANDER

June 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39

‘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

‘The Coronation of King Edward VII’ by Edwin Austin Abbey (ca. 1904)

Bertie the Good

The royal antidote to Victorian austerity.

BY EDWARD SHORT

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Seth MacFarlane

‘Saddles’ Revisited

A parody of a spoof of a well-worn formula.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Charles Murray

Back to Basics

The right way, and the wrong way, to begin the journey.

BY KELLY JANE TORRANCE

June 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

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

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