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Putin — and the Pecs That Launched a Million Memes

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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?

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Looking to ancient drama to comprehend the incomprehensible.

‘Our Symphony with Animals’ Views Uneasy Kinship

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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?

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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...

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

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

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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...

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Cinque Henderson's provocative memoir raises questions and concerns.

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

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

At the Morgan, Medieval Monsters Instruct and Entertain

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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’

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

Historian Richard Vinen Connects Our Agitated Era to ‘1968’

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

Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills

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

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

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

James Comey, The Boulet Brothers and Other Monsters

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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?

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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

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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’

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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?

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Why aren't we worrying about the bomb?

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

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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)

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