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India Knows How to React to a Horrific Crime: With Angry Protests
December 20, 2012

How come we're not marching in the streets after Newtown?

A Romney in Palin Clothing: The Political Style of Kelly Ayotte
December 06, 2012

Why John McCain likes his new best friend.

The Mormon Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
October 19, 2012

How the revelation to Joseph Smith led to Bain Capital.

Dollars to Donuts: Why Dunkin' Employees Hate Mitt Romney
August 31, 2012

Dozens of workers from Bain-owned companies rallied this week in Tampa to decry the impact of Bain-style capitalism.

The GOP’s Unreckoning With The Disappeared Dubya
August 29, 2012

The most surreal part of the Tampa convention is surely the total absence of George W. Bush -- and the bizarre video he sent in Wednesday night.

Nobility Eclipsed
June 07, 2012

Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew PoetryBy Alan Mintz (Stanford University Press, 520 pp., $65) I. ON DECEMBER 17, 2007, on the storied stage of the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Hebrew language—its essence, its structure, its metaphysic— entered American discourse in so urgent a manner as to renew, if not to inflame, an ancient argument. The occasion was a public conversation between Marilynne Robinson and Robert Alter: a not uncommon match of novelist with literary scholar.

David Thomson on Films: The Stunted Adulthood of Wes Anderson
June 04, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island, but its director Wes Anderson has always seemed like someone who insisted on a small off-shore existence. This is not uncommon in American movies, or necessarily forbidding: Josef von Sternberg lived on a glowing island where the light and its shadows fell on the face of a woman, ideally Marlene Dietrich, because Sternberg had loved her and been humiliated by her. Howard Hawks preferred to find an enclosed cockpit of intense talk and action—the airfield in Only Angels Have Wings or the court newsroom in His Girl Friday.

The Problem With Romney’s “Good Deeds”
April 11, 2012

Another day, another report on the debates within Team Romney about how to go about humanizing the candidate. Philip Rucker writes in the Washington Post about the campaign's deliberations over when and how to make better use of Mitt's "anecdotes": By now, many voters have heard that Mitt Romney once put the family dog, Seamus, in a crate and strapped him to the roof of a station wagon.

How’s That Birth Control War Working Out For Ya?
March 01, 2012

I was never among those who believed that the White House had deliberately started a fight over birth control with its new rule requiring health insurance to cover contraception, as a way to provoke an inevitable conservative overreach.

The Collector
December 14, 2011

On a warm Saturday in early July, an employee at the Maryland Historical Society placed a call to the police. He had noticed two visitors behaving strangely—a young, tall, handsome man with high cheekbones and full lips and a much older, heavier man, with dark, lank hair and a patchy, graying beard. The older man had called in advance to give the librarians a list of boxes of documents he wanted to see, saying that he was researching a book. At some point during their visit, the employee saw the younger man slip a document into a folder.

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