Where on earth has the SEC been?
Bhutto was just fourteen when her father was gunned down outside her house. Her new book, Songs of Blood and Sword commemorates that death, tells her father’s and her family’s story, and blames Pakistan’s current president for the crime.
President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.
This story of two robots in love asserts that sacrifice is what makes love worthwhile.
One of the many programs established by ancient Indian emperor Ashoka was a system of universal health care for people and animals, which served the empire for close to a millennium.
This book is really a sneaky lesson on poetic forms and how great they are. Like in those commercials where parents lie about the vegetable content of a particular snack.
Perhaps the U.S. should think twice before shipping its dysfunctional democracy abroad.
For those of us who feel slightly defined by Disney’s animated films, this documentary is a wonderful reminder of them, as well as an interesting look at the animation studio’s history.
In February 2007, Ayaan Hirsi Ali approached the American Enterprise Institute with a fresh gaze and found it very open to outside ideas, and found Frum a “delightful guy.” My challenge to her now is, will you defend him?
When Guernica saw Wikileaks’ cryptic tweets on early Wednesday just after midnight, we asked Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, what gives…
Each of the women in these short stories are realistically drawn.
Guernica editors Joel Whitney and Michael Archer recently emailed Wendell Potter, former mouthpiece for Cigna and ubiquitous healthcare commentator, about passage of the legislation.
Tsai Ming-Liang uses the isolation of the cinema experience to beautiful and unsettling ends.
Bob Dylan’s album is at once powerful and delicate.
The U.S. needs reform that unites people and protects everyone’s rights and jobs, immigrant and non-immigrant alike.
Look out for Edith Grossman’s essay on the joys and travails of translating Don Quixote.
How New Deal art helped remake democratic culture.
Waters is not heavy-handed or preachy—she’s an expert at demystifying cooking.
Sunday’s vote confirms our hope that we can have both strength and competence in Washington. It is an audacious hope, but we have no choice.
The culture of love, Lurhmann seems to say, is as sane as the monkey house—one cannot help but check oneself in.
William J. Astore: The Pentagon Church Militant and Us: The Top Five Questions We Should Ask the PentagonMarch 19, 2010
Imagine, for a moment, if Pentagon officials, supposedly toiling in our name, actually condescended to ask us for our thoughts.
This film is not a complaint about the lackluster life of New Jersey teens. It is almost the opposite—it is art.
Now there is a name for the emotional distress caused by ecological destruction.
A stunning book filled with some of the most intriguing ideas about constructed space I have ever read.
So what happens when the stimulus is over and the Fed begins to tighten again? Where will demand come from to get Main Street back, create jobs, raise middle class wages?
An evening of friends and a powerful, fresh voice.
Inevitably, Michael Lewis’s new book will be a cracking read.
Lewis Lapham: The Great White Whale in San Francisco Bay Or How the “Lively Arts” Became “the Media”March 16, 2010
Truth as synonym for liberty isn’t a collectible. It is the joyous discovery of the enlarged sense and state of being that is the change of heart induced by the presence of a work of art.
The greatest living filmmaker you’ve never heard of.
You can’t keep a war in a box any more than you can deliver a government in a box.
His talk might sound fantastical and nuts at first, but Romer may have a valid point…
Welcome to America, sucker.
An exuberant survey of the artist’s career.
Over the longer term, incentives must be shifted away from financial capital toward human capital.
That the conversations about The Pride have mostly been concerning the confusion about the story’s setting is a shame, as the ideas that drive the play are important.
The only lesson to be drawn from this whole mess appears to be that the abortion wars show no signs of abating.
Should architecture be a blank wall that we stare at as we pass by, or an interactive surface that is as much designed as it is ever-changing?
Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American UndercasteMarch 9, 2010
Racial caste is alive and well in America.
This Oscar-nominated documentary is one of those works where the process of making it is as extraordinary as the film itself.
Robert Reich: Why the Continuing Bad Job Numbers Make it Harder (But Even More Important) To Pass Health Care ReformMarch 8, 2010
Americans desperately need health care reform. They also desperately need jobs. Even if it’s difficult for many to make the connection, it’s still possible for the nation to try to do two important things at the same time.
I have been borrowing my girlfriend’s Barnes & Noble Nook for more and more of my trips…
The current pushback in Japan is the surest sign yet that the American empire of overseas military bases has reached its high-water mark and will soon recede.
As we were (or are?) in what has been called the second Depression, a read like this is immensely enjoyable, necessary, and important.
Three fixes for the American way of war.
How Gabriel García Márquez discovered the ways in which “the novel and journalism are children of the same mother.”
Americans pay just as much—and receive far less in benefits.
This imaginative film is touched with just the right amounts of humor and pathos.
Many in Congress who say they don’t support the war keep voting to fund it—and keep their voices muffled.
Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.
It seems no matter how many walls are built to keep migrants out of Arizona, they keep coming. And the more miles are built, the more people die.
Femi Kuti on immigrant pride.
A truthier take on Haiti’s past.
Sometimes we laugh when we mean to cry.
Klare’s imaginings of scarce resources and international strife on Earth in 2144 stay uncomfortably true to the direction in which we’re headed today.
The plot is secondary. It’s the characters and the mood that drive this film noir.
The effects of advertising in the U.S. conveys a powerful and disturbing message: nothing is as important as the almighty dollar.
Satire that tours a gallery of Washington types: pompous politicians, corrupt aides, venal lobbyists, venal and horny holy rollers.
Why does a country that is convinced it’s becoming ungovernable think itself so capable of making another country governable?
Artists and architects bring the Guggenheim’s iconic void to life.
Placing Haitian children in loving homes may indeed seem like a happy story among so many tragic ones, but adoption remains a complicated process.
Cringe comedy as only the British can do it.
Don Belton’s “Voodoo for Charles,” is a moving depiction of the lesson my father taught me to fight to save loved ones from the trappings of poverty.
A breathtaking pair of crooners.
Partisan anger undermines the capacity of American democracy to do the public’s business.
Contrary to popular belief, they are just as capable as anyone else in public office.
No shortage of bombs in Afghanistan; a lethal shortage of tents in Haiti. Such priorities—actual, not rhetorical—are routine.
Further reading and viewing suggestions from the author.
On the melancholic nature of Impressionist postcard photography.
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck’s combined sound and energy is a complete success.
How the Obama Administration ended up where Franklin Roosevelt began.
They don’t teach this in classrooms.
Votes in Oregon show taxes are popular when invested in public services, and when the rich pay their share.
Michael Schmidt’s depictions of the poets in this collection of biographies are so compelling that you’ll want to seek out their work, making First Poets twenty recommended books in one.
If the disasters themselves are not preventable, sometimes the way we handle the aftermath is.
Part history and part love story, this documentary is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
When you’re hungry for tales of hubris, greed, and corporate drama…
Congress isn’t doing a thing about Wall Street because it’s in the pocket of Wall Street.
Penned in 1964 with the ‘50s political climate in mind, Hofstadter’s influential essay has an uncanny relevance today.
For the United States, an epitaph on the horizon says: “We had to destroy our country in order to defend it.”
Gender imbalances in publications and prize lists make it no easier for female authors to be recognized for their work and to make a living as writers.
Anselm Kiefer’s grim 1980s painting resonates with the West’s past, present, and possible future.
Mark Yakich’s poems are like state fairs—they offer amusement but also moments that will stop you cold.
It seems as if more and more decisions that should be made democratically are being shunted off somewhere to a few people who make them in back rooms.
Have we lost a sense of each other in buildings?
American life is being sacrificed to the very infrastructure meant to provide this country’s citizens with “safety.” That’s what seven days in January really means.
This Valentine’s season, immerse yourself in the swingin’ ‘20s.
The writers’ wise observations make this collection worthwhile.
If the public learns the wrong set of lessons, there’s no hope for getting wise policies out of Congress.
Neither book requires its readers to be a fan of the star—and that’s why they are great reads.
Night raids, hidden detention centers, the “Black Jail,” and the dogs of war in Afghanistan.
Video: Sonic Youth’s Antenna.
After the war and after the tsunami, Jaffna, Sri Lanka is ready for peace.
Adrian LeBlanc takes us into a world where the most relevant forms of currency other than cold, hard cash are heroin and bodies.
David Carluccio produced the sort of thing that sits unsold in bookstores for years, and then suddenly is changing hands for four figures, and eventually cannot be obtained at all unless some major collector dies.
This novel stares at the most frustrating experience an artist can have and renders it honestly.
Like Clinton’s, Obama’s package of middle class benefits is small potatoes. They’re worthwhile but they pale relative to the size and scale of the challenge America’s middle class is now facing.
If you like good criticism, deprive yourself no more and read this book.
Though the Western world has seriously damaged Africa, I have its education to thank for my freedom as a woman.
These recordings of Haiti are more than just music—they are documents from a long-gone era.
Carole Joffe: Health Reform, Violence, and Blanket Warmers: The Status of Abortion on Roe v. Wade DayJanuary 22, 2010
Nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, the struggle for abortion rights continues.