February 20, 2014

Watch the Music Video That Pussy Riot Filmed While Cossacks Beat Them
2:41 AM

Pussy Riot releases their new music video. It's a good thing the police helped them get all that repression footage.

February 19, 2014

The Five Worst Books Ever Written By Great Authors
6:00 PM

You may love these authors, but boy oh boy are these books doozies. 

Too Much Ambition Doesn't Always Break a Novel
4:22 PM

The knock on Richard Powers is that his novels don’t sustain the weight of their ambitions. That's not entirely true in his latest. 

Evidence That Your Emoticon Addiction May Actually Make People Like You More
3:36 PM

Still, let's not overdo it with the dancing lady. 

Carson McCullers Understood Human Nature
3:05 PM

Out of the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s experiments in style and the clipped, stout prose of Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway comes Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." With the depression as a murky backdrop, this first novel dep

Who Is Reading The New Republic This Week?
2:41 PM

PRESS RELEASEWashington, D.C. — The New Republic has had a busy couple of weeks, with two huge cover stories coming out and with Senior Editor Julia Ioffe reporting Straight From Sochi.

Cossacks Attack Pussy Riot in Sochi
12:37 PM

While the protest group was filming a video, "Cossacks whipped them. Literally. Whipped them. With whips."


February 18, 2014

The Syrian Orphan in That Viral Photo Wasn't Actually an Orphan, But It Doesn't Matter
8:00 PM

Truth is a mutable concept when it comes to war photography.

Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the New Liberal Critique of Hollywood
An Oscars interview
7:08 PM

The Oscars are less than two weeks away, and Hollywood has been in the news even more than usual. If this is partly because of the controversy surrounding Woody Allen, it is also the result of the terrific year of cinema that just ended.