The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet
After the Soviet revolutions of 1917, the czar was gone but ballet remained. A fascinating history of how George Balanchine helped remake ballet for the people—and just who helped him do so.
Harry Truman's concerns about Israel and Palestine were prescient—and forgotten
His doubts about the Jewish and Palestinian states were prescient—and forgotten.
And other reasons to reject supermajority requirements
The filibuster is worse than you thought.
A look at the lives of 6 provocative, uninhibited women.
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Since whoever we are (save for a few sad Leninists) we all agree with George Orwell, it usually follows that Orwell must agree with us. Whatever our 21st-century predilections, Tory or leftist, conservative or progressive, we discover blessings and endorsements somewhere in Orwell’s words. We grab him for ourselves.
The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.
On the anniversary of her death, a celebration of Mansfield's great talent.
He went from bete noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
In the 1990s, Philip Roth drifted from bête noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
"Why I Read" is another pointless entry in the tired genre, The Very Personal Book About My Love Of Reading.
The de Waal family is back with another romp through 20th century European history.