Appraisal

Appraisal — August 26, 2014, 4:00 pm

Art Beyond Politics

At the New Museum’s latest show, Arab artists take up — and look past — regional politics to question their own modes of expression

“Qalandia 2087, 2009,” a mixed-media installation in six parts by Wafa Hourani

Appraisal — May 2, 2014, 7:55 am

Operation Margarine

Tracing the wartime rise of ersatz butter

Dutch margarine advertisement, 1893

Appraisal — February 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Letting Go of the Beatles

A fan’s notes

The Beatles Book

Appraisal — January 24, 2014, 8:00 am

The Burnt, the Abandoned, and the Died-on

Bernard Malamud’s three unfinished novels

“Third Avenue El” (detail), by Barbara Morgan. Courtesy The Barbara Morgan Archive and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City.

Appraisal — September 24, 2013, 7:55 am

“Knight, Poet, Anarchist”

A new introduction to The Green Child, by Herbert Read

The Green Child

Appraisal — August 13, 2013, 3:22 pm

The Director as Dream Figure

Revisiting Richard Linklater’s Waking Life

Waking Life (still)

Appraisal — April 22, 2013, 9:00 am

Terrence Malick’s Song of Songs

Does To the Wonder reveal a director lost in his own vision?

To the Wonder (thumb)

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