Jun 22, 2014
Focusing college-student recruitment on poor neighborhoods can overlook middle-class African Americans entitled to affirmative action.
May 15, 2015
The tension between religiosity and secular government goes back to the nation’s founding.
May 21, 2015
How America became preoccupied with higher education’s bottom line.
Jun 06, 2014
Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice.
Jun 01, 2014
The author and phenom, with a bajillion Internet viewers, has built an avid Internet following with pep talks on how to be good. What does it mean to live like one of Green's "Nerdfighters"?
May 26, 2014
Cultural prizes notoriously reward the wrong works for the wrong reasons: On the long list of worthies deprived of the Nobel for literature are Tolstoy, Proust, and Joyce.
May 20, 2014
Lawsuits are the billionaire brothers’ weapon of choice—against each other—writes Daniel Schulman in his first-rate new bio. But buying our democracy, and maybe killing it, is pure self-interest.
May 09, 2014
One of her work's most salutary effects is its reminder that to cut yourself off from utopian impulses is to die a little.
Apr 29, 2014
Despite some losses to financial capital during the Great Depression, the more powerful era of equality in the U.S. began during World War II.
Apr 22, 2014
Nomi Prins’s new book traces America’s propping up of banks since the robber barons.
Apr 18, 2014
One Hundred Years of Solitude didn’t just crystalize who García Márquez was; it crystalized who I was.
Apr 15, 2014
Want to understand our market-crazed era? Rediscover the 20th century’s most prophetic critic of capitalism.
Apr 11, 2014
The former Supreme Court justice has some suggestions for a better democracy in his new book.
Apr 10, 2014
The case for breaking our parochial American reading habits.
Apr 04, 2014
A new biography of the former president of France examines the man's setbacks, gambles, and pragmatic self-reinventions.
Mar 25, 2014
Three expert takes on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty's data-driven magnum opus on inequality.
Mar 21, 2014
The days when any two-bit hack with an anti-liberal screed could get on the bestseller lists are apparently behind us.
Mar 05, 2014
In her new book, Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin shows how badly disadvantaged ordinary people are in the struggle for privacy online.