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Putin — and the Pecs That Launched a Million Memes

According to "Putin Kitsch in America," those beefcake shots not only boosted Putin’s image, they sexualized his public image.

Is the Tragedy of Sept. 11 Intelligible to Us Yet?

Looking to ancient drama to comprehend the incomprehensible.

‘Our Symphony with Animals’ Views Uneasy Kinship

A new book asks if cruelty and indifference toward animals leads to the same toward humans.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid...

An evangelist for telling our uncomfortable truths wasn’t always so comfortable with it.

Biden, Harris, Castro: Do Their Books Have Literary Merit?

Do we need our candidates and public officials to be John Updike or Joan Didion?

He Spent a Year Telling Students to ‘Sit Down and Shut...

Cinque Henderson's provocative memoir raises questions and concerns.

The 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Wisdom of Poets, and Trump

Catharine Arnold's "Pandemic 1918" prompts thoughts of mortality and the need for an examined life.

At the Morgan, Medieval Monsters Instruct and Entertain

Gorgeous illuminated manuscripts illustrate a broad concept of what monsters were -- and meant -- in medieval Europe.

Bildungsroman, Baby! Lisa Locascio’s Debut Novel, ‘Open Me’

An erotic first novel about a young American abroad gradually grows more eloquent.

Historian Richard Vinen Connects Our Agitated Era to ‘1968’

Remembering when America provided a model for protest around the globe.

Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills

Protagonists of two new novels battle powerful underground organizations. The similarities end there.

‘The List’: How Many People Did My Friend Have Sex With?

A photography project, a book, and now a work for the stage, taken from real life.

James Comey, The Boulet Brothers and Other Monsters

Comey sees authority as the essence of goodness; he might have learned a better, more humanistic lesson from horror-drag reality TV hosts.

Will Robots Replace Human Artists?

In this podcast, we speak with authors John Biggs and B.J. Mendelson on the future of social media and A.I.

How a Tenement House Transformed Into a Theater

A historical place came to life through the spoken word of immigrants who have achieved their artistic dreams in America.

Beyond the James Dean Mythology with Graham’s ‘Giant’

Looking back at the novel and the iconic Hollywood film, with its biting indictment of greed, misogyny and bigotry in Texas.

“Fail-Safe”: Remember When Nukes Weren’t a Punch Line?

Why aren't we worrying about the bomb?

Prison Bitches! Electric Ladies! Women Who Rule the Earth!

We'd have no Harvey Weinstein because some electro-lady would turn him into a pile of ash.

South Korean Novelist Plays America (Nods to Camus and Homer)

Eventually, J.M. Lee may or may not write the Great South Korean Novel.
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