The Art of Translation
April 21, 2014

Vladimir Nabokov explains the perils of translating, and the great Russian short story.

Bernstein Smacks Down Greenwald
June 11, 2010

Glenn Greenwald scoffs at those who claim that Obama lacks the power to bend Senators to his will: What happened in this race also gives the lie to the insufferable excuse we've been hearing for the last 18 months from countless Obama defenders:  namely, if the Senate doesn't have 60 votes to pass good legislation, it's not Obama's fault because he has no leverage over these conservative Senators.

The Decline of the City Mahagonny
June 25, 1990

Robert Hughes explains how New York in the 1980s is *not* Paris in the 1890s. He gives a compelling account of the decline of the fine arts in America