Paul Berman

The Rise and Fall of a Radical Journalist
History handed Alexander Cockburn a great opportunity, but he blew it
August 01, 2014

History handed Alexander Cockburn a great opportunity, but he blew it.

Why Do Iraq's Rebels Have So Many Different Names?
The ghastly semantics of the Islamic State
June 16, 2014

The language of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reveals a lot about them

García Márquez Liberated the Spanish Language from the Tyranny of the Past
April 18, 2014

His liberator's urge was not a matter of leftism. The urge was literary.

The Revolutions of 1989 Are Not Over
And neither is the resistance to them.
March 15, 2014

What Putin is really doing is what Mikhail Gorbachev wouldn't do.

The True Story of America's First Black Female Slave Novelist
The woman behind 'The Bondwoman's Narrative'
February 10, 2014

The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.

Pete Seeger's Magnificent, But Messy, Legacy
January 28, 2014

Maybe it is good, in retrospect, that Pete Seeger's early, objectionable, Soviet-line performances can still be heard. 

Stop Hating Scrooge!
The 'Christmas Carol' curmudgeon is a forward-thinking liberal
December 27, 2013

Now that Christmas is safely behind us, and the mob atmosphere of virtue and piety has evaporated; now that, in the post-holiday doldrums, the stacks of wrapping paper have removed themselves to their ghastly translucent plastic bags and the dead tre

Bill de Blasio Should Embrace Democratic Socialism in New York City
September 26, 2013

This past Monday The New York Times ran a front-page story by Javier C. Hernández called "Possible Mayor Now, But Then a Young Leftist," about your activist years in the 1980s and early '90s. The story does seem to have caused a stir, and this is partly because of the dread word "socialist."

Parents Absolutely Should Force Their Kids to Take Music Lessons
September 19, 2013

Should children study violin—or rather, be forced to study violin? Or forced to study ballet?

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