Why Do Iraq's Rebels Have So Many Different Names?
June 16, 2014
The language of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reveals a lot about them
His liberator's urge was not a matter of leftism. The urge was literary.
The Revolutions of 1989 Are Not Over
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
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!
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
Why Bill de Blasio's Nicaraguan Work Worries Me
September 30, 2013
Dear Bill de Blasio:
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?
A Pop Star Is Dead, But Her Sexiness Is Immortal
August 13, 2013
After hearing the news that Eydie Gormé died on Saturday, I found myself wondering, not for the first time, how it is that certain female pop singers, whose singing appears not to be sexy, are sexy.