Film & Arts

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

Browsers Welcome

From its inception Amazon has sought to disrupt the traditional bookselling market. Now France is trying to disrupt Amazon while protecting independent bookstores.

'Love Is Strange'

What’s quietly revelatory about 'Love Is Strange' is that its creators didn’t feel the need to turn it into a social-protest document.

'Calvary'

'Calvary' belongs in a select company of films that deal powerfully with the plight of a priest who finds himself at odds with his community.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

Poem | A Life

Her sixteenth birthday party is tonight. / In the next room, the Lord lets there be light. ...

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?

Mad Jack

In her biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age.” In fact Sassoon’s life spanned several ages.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?

The Time of Our Lives

The obsession with time lies at the core of Linklater’s singular new film, 'Boyhood.' In a sense it is misleading to call it new, since work on it began in 2001.

More History, Less Science

Bernard Williams’s literary and philosophical skills are well on display throughout this collection.
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Book Reviews

American Reckoning

March 26, 2015 | 2 comments

Hitler's First Victims

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Diary of the Fall

March 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Distant Neighbors

March 5, 2015 | 2 comments

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments