New York Review of Books

100 articles
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Remembering Orson Welles

The great director always refused to get liposuction.

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On Sylvia Plath

She was not just a poet, she was an “event” in American literature all by herself.

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Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma

The dramatic liberties a much-heralded film takes with historical fact show how hard it is to get complexity onto the big screen.

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The Limits of Satire

What does satire do? What should we expect of it? Is it crucial to Western culture that we be free to produce it?

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The Dark and Light of Francisco Goya

On the artist’s portrayal of violence and humanity.

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Iraq: The New War

A 2003 essay that foreshadows the emergence of the Islamic State a decade later – an insurgency incited by American policy in Iraq during the early days of the war.

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The Myth of Chinese Super Schools

What the Chinese education system can teach America about relying on test scores as the main metric of success.

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Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

A judge on the history and injustice of the plea bargain in America.

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Find Your Beach

On loving and hating and living in Manhattan.

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Fascinating Fascism

On a book of photographs shot by Leni Riefenstahl in the 1950s and 1960s depicting an African tribe.

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Wonder Boys?

Understanding genius.