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‘Gog,’ starring Richard Egan (second from right) and Constance Dowling (1954)

Man vs. Machine

The limits (?) of artificial intelligence.

BY JAMES C. BANKS

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Vladimir Voinovich (2010)

Prophet of Ukraine

The Russian novelist who’s seen it all coming.

BY CATHY YOUNG

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Richard Ravitch, Edward Koch, Michael Bloomberg (2009)

Citizen Ravitch

The good, the bad, and the future of New York.

BY FRED SIEGEL

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Kevin Costner

At the Meh-vies

Nice enough, and all that, but worth the trouble?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

‘Barberini’s Ivory’ (sixth century)

Imperial Transition

Sailing to Byzantium, with a push from the Vandals.

BY RICHARD TADA

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Governor Berkeley addressing the rebels

Virginia Inflamed

Bacon’s Rebellion: power grab or principled uprising?

BY MARK TOOLEY

April 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31

Pleasant Valley Prison, Coalinga, California (2003)

America Behind Bars

Does the punishment fit the crimes?

BY ROBERT F. NAGEL

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Theme Building and control tower, Los Angeles International Airport

City of Angles

Understanding—and appreciating—Los Angeles by design.

BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

katherine messenger

Updike’s Story

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Fear and Loathsome

Fear and Loathsome

The comic-book movie enters its Commie Age.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

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Secondhand Rose

Will he, won’t he, should he be in the Hall of Fame?

BY EDWARD ACHORN

April 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Rock Hudson, Julie Andrews in ‘Darling Lili’ (1970)

Must the Show Go On?

A postscript to the golden age of movie musicals.

BY PETER TONGUETTE

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Irwin, Nebraska

The Middle Way

Recognizing a neglected landscape in American history.

BY JAMES SEATON

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

Flood the Zone

Noah meets the Book of Enoch, rock monsters, and a ravenous Eve.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Robert Moses

Yesterday’s Future

A World’s Fair in Queens for a nation in transition.

BY LAUREN ZELT

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

John Rizzo (2008)

From the Inside Out

A lawyer-spy makes the case for the CIA.

BY GABRIEL SCHOENFELD

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Tammany Hall, 1914

Big Blue Machine

The rise and fall of New York’s Tammany Hall.

BY VINCENT J. CANNATO

April 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Old Route 66, Adrian, Texas

Getting There

A debut novel about the American road trip, family-style.

BY EMILY COLETTE WILKINSON

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

An Academic Barred

An Academic Barred

A New Formalist manifesto—in verse.

BY JAMES MATTHEW WILSON

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Sea of Troubles

Sea of Troubles

The Pacific as naval battleground.

BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

The Peacock Room

Whistler’s Mother’s Son

A portrait of the artist as a self-invented man.

BY AMY HENDERSON

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Bill Robinson, Shirley Temple in  ‘The Little Colonel’ (1935)

America’s Sweetheart

In the 1930s, there really was one.

BY RICHARD STRINER

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Ralph Fiennes

Just Checking In

There’s a lot going on at the Grand Budapest, but to what end?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Honor Thy Fathers

Honor Thy Fathers

The biblical rules in cultural perspective.

BY DAVID WOLPE

March 31 - April 7, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28

Gareth Jones

Hunger for Truth

The silence that came with starvation in the Ukraine.

BY ANDREW STUTTAFORD

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Janie Taylor and Nilas Martins in Balanchine’s ‘Square Dance’ (2005)

An Echo of Balanchine

Janie Taylor: an appreciation.

BY SOPHIE FLACK

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Senators Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) at a press conference

Ordeal by Congress

The human cost of advice and consent.

BY TERRY EASTLAND

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Why They Filmed

Why They Filmed

The Hollywood response to the challenge of war.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Robert Graves (1941)

Action into Words

The Great War and modern poetry.

BY EDWARD SHORT

March 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn (1940)

A Moveable Thirst

The importance of being Ernest Hemingway’s cocktail shaker.

BY MARTIN MORSE WOOSTER

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

The ‘London Gazette’ (May 14, 1705)

The Paper Chase

Printing and human nature get acquainted.

BY LAWRENCE KLEPP

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

Hard Times

Hard Times

The white-trashing of American television.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

March 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26

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