Arts & Letters


A Biopic in Name Only

Jackie focuses too scrupulously on concepts of historical representation at the expense of its grieving subject.

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The Hell General Sherman Made

Why do his biographers seek to soften the man?

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The Man Who Saved Budapest’s Jews

How a Swedish businessman with no diplomatic experience saved 100,000 from deportation to Auschwitz.

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Living by War

For veterans, the atomized civilian world can be more disorienting than the close-knit realm of combat.

Michael Hogue

Edmund Burke’s Idea of Party

When the modern political party system undergoes reconstruction, the results could reinvigorate liberal democracy—or bury it.

Michael Hogue

Why We Like Ike

Eisenhower’s greatest strength? Knowing how to assess human beings and use them to America’s benefit.


A Broken Coriolanus

Red Bull Theater gives us a Shakespeare for the age of Trump

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