Arts & Letters


Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Liberals’ favorite French economist is a pessimistic meliorist, not a burning revolutionary.

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Koch Brothers: The Real Thing

An inner look at the charisma, character, and hubris behind the Koch legacy

Is Social Mobility a Myth?

The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Gregory Clark, Princeton University Press, 384 pages

illustration by Michael Hogue

Was World War I the Last Crusade?

How religious passions helped fuel the Great War.

James Madison, Cheney-Style

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney, Viking, 576 pages

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A Millennial’s Agrarian Anomie

The generational ties that sustained America’s farms are breaking down under the weight of individualism.

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Is There Life After the ’60s?

The absurdities of the post-9/11 world deserve their own artistic engagement outside of Vietnam’s shadow.

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“A Touch of Sin” in China’s New Economy

The People’s Republic confronts capitalism’s dark side in this banned new film.

What Happened to Basil Bunting?

Author of the “finest long poem … since T.S. Eliot’s Quartets,” he was a pacifist and a warrior—and he’s overdue for a revival.

Robert Gates: The Soldiers’ Secretary?

The former secretary of defense’s memoir shows that good intentions won’t fix U.S. foreign policy.