Culture

November 19, 2013

This Man Witnessed JFK's and Lee Harvey Oswald's Murders
The New Republic Covers The Assassination of JFK
11:24 AM

The truth remains a mystery even to him.

The Doris Lessing I Knew: Young, Passionate, and Struggling to Keep It Together
10:14 AM

From her obituaries, and the serious critical assessments of her work, I hardly recognize the Doris Lessing I knew.

November 18, 2013

Do You Really Remember Where You Were When JFK Was Shot?
10:28 PM

Pretty much all Americans over the age of 50 will reminisce this week about where they were when JFK was shot.

Wallace Stevens' Voice Was "Life-Saving"
2:45 PM

"The quiet authority of Wallace Stevens' voice entered my mind like a life-saving transfusion."

Doris Lessing's Parochial Science Fiction
March 29, 1980
1:26 PM

Doris Lessing died yesterday at 94. In 1980, Ursula Le Guin revewed Lessing's attempt to write a sceince fiction epic.

Doris Lessing's First Sci-Fi Book Reads Like a Debut Novel
October 13, 1979
1:10 PM

Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any game playing in the sense of one-upping, faking, posturing.

The Debate Over Snowden's Asylum in Germany Comes to Brooklyn
9:57 AM

German director Thomas Ostermeier offers one of the most thorough indictments yet seen of the culture of the American whistleblower.

November 17, 2013

High Times Magazine May Be the Most Influential Publication of Our Era
It actually changed the culture
10:00 PM

It's never won a National Magazine Award, but who cares? It actually changed our culture.

These Fringe Doctors Say They Can Cure NFL Concussion Victims
8:00 PM

A grim report on concussed athletes falling for pricey alternative medicine. Has football's brain injury crisis entered its snake-oil phase? 

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