Art, Monday Gallery — April 24, 2018, 6:51 am

“Weather #6,” a photograph by Rosemary Laing, whose work was on view earlier this month with Galerie Lelong & Co. at Dallas Art Fair, in Dallas. © Rosemary Laing. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York City

Postcard — April 19, 2018, 4:10 pm

The Bad and the Ugly

Acquiring works for the Museum of Bad Art

Weekly Review — April 17, 2018, 2:23 pm

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US president Donald Trump, who recently announced that “very soon” the United States would be “coming out of Syria,” launched the largest Western military intervention in Syria since the start of the country’s seven-year civil war.[1][2] The United States struck a scientific research center and two chemical weapons facilities with dozens of $1.4 million Tomahawk missiles that Trump described as “nice and new and smart.”[3][4][5] Following the strike, Russia claimed that 71 US missiles had been preemptively shot down; Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was reported to be in a “good mood”; Russia’s defense ministry alleged that a chemical weapons attack …

Art, Monday Gallery — April 17, 2018, 12:34 pm

Malouinière de la Chipaudière, a painting by Jane Irish, whose work is on view this week at Locks Gallery, in Philadelphia. Courtesy the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Postcard — April 13, 2018, 8:41 am

Body Hunters

Searching for closure in Veracruz 


Editor's Note — April 12, 2018, 5:58 pm

Inside the May Issue

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Publisher's Note — April 12, 2018, 5:29 pm

Humanitarian Wars

“I’ve often found myself doing battle with 'humanitarian' propaganda, sometimes promoted by nice, respectable people who strongly support military interventions, justified (in their view) because they would save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.”

Weekly Review — April 10, 2018, 6:34 pm

Weekly Review

On Fox and Friends, which US president Donald Trump has called “the most influential show in news,” the hosts discussed a thousand-person “caravan” of migrants traveling toward the United States to escape gang violence and poverty in Central America; and Trump said that women in the group were being “raped at levels nobody has seen before” and that he would deploy 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border to stop the migrants from seeking asylum.[1][2][3][4][5] Trump announced a tariff worth $50 billion on 1,300 Chinese goods, China proposed $50 billion worth of tariffs on American products, and …

Art, Monday Gallery — April 9, 2018, 1:07 pm

“Untitled, Northampton, MA,” a photograph by Sheron Rupp, whose work is included in the book The Photographer in the Garden, which was published this month by Aperture Foundation, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Aperture Foundation, New York City

Weekly Review — April 4, 2018, 5:16 pm

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A 38-year-old animal rights activist and vegan-lifestyle advocate posted to her website accusations that YouTube had failed to properly compensate her for ad revenue generated by videos she uploaded to the site, then drove to the company’s headquarters, took out a pistol, shot three people, shouted, “Come at me,” and fatally shot herself.[1][2] A survivor of a mass shooting at a high school in Florida tweeted that the YouTube shooting was “proof” that children aren’t the only Americans who need to worry about being shot to death in their day-to-day lives, and US president Donald Trump proposed additional tariffs on …

Art, Monday Gallery — April 2, 2018, 2:32 pm

Mt. Rushmore, a painting by Barnaby Furnas, whose work is on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City and Aspen, Colorado

Postcard — March 30, 2018, 3:25 pm

The Bubble Bursts

Having made it to paradise, refugees are stuck sleeping on Paris streets

Context — March 30, 2018, 1:18 pm

The End of Retirement

When you can’t afford to stop working

Weekly Review — March 28, 2018, 2:11 pm

Weekly Review

More than a million Americans marched in protest of the country’s lax gun-control laws,   Trump appointed John Bolton as his third national security adviser, and a pothole patching machine was unveiled in Rome

Art, Monday Gallery — March 26, 2018, 12:19 pm

Unanswerable (detail), a found photograph and collage by Lorna Simpson, whose work is on view this week at Hauser and Wirth, in London. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy Hauser and Wirth, London 


Postcard — March 21, 2018, 10:00 am

The Curator

Touring Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi’s art collection

Weekly Review — March 20, 2018, 1:38 pm

Weekly Review

Donald Trump says teachers should carry guns, a school resource officer mistakenly fires his gun at a middle school in Virginia, and the United States receives its worst-ever ranking on the World Happiness Report

Editor's Note — March 19, 2018, 12:18 pm

Inside the April Issue

Thomas Frank, Elaine Blair, Andrew Cockburn, Lidija Haas, Corey Robin, and more…

Art, Monday Gallery — March 19, 2018, 11:33 am

“Estructuras Transformativas SI 033,” a photograph by Maria Martinez-Cañas, whose work is on view at Julie Saul Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York City

Publisher's Note — March 19, 2018, 10:45 am

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“The Democrats prefer losing with a Clinton to winning with a Sanders.”

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It has become something of a commonplace to say that Mike Pence belongs to another era. He is a politician whom the New York Times has called a “throwback,” a “conservative proudly out of sync with his times,” and a “dangerous anachronism,” a man whose social policies and outspoken Christian faith are so redolent of the previous century’s culture wars that he appeared to have no future until, in the words of one journalist, he was plucked “off the political garbage heap” by Donald Trump and given new life. Pence’s rise to the vice presidency was not merely a personal advancement; it marked the return of religion and ideology to American politics at a time when the titles of political analyses were proclaiming the Twilight of Social Conservatism (2015) and the End of White Christian America (2016). It revealed the furious persistence of the religious right, an entity whose final demise was for so long considered imminent that even as white evangelicals came out in droves to support the Trump-Pence ticket, their enthusiasm was dismissed, in the Washington Post, as the movement’s “last spastic breath.”

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Just after dawn in Lhamo, a small town on the northeastern corner of the Tibetan Plateau, horns summon the monks of Serti Monastery to prayer. Juniper incense smolders in the temple’s courtyard as monks begin arriving in huddled groups. Some walk the kora, a clockwise circumambulation around the building. Others hustle toward the main door, which sits just inside a porch decorated in bright thangka paintings. A pile of fur boots accumulates outside. When the last monks have arrived, the horn blowers leaning out of the second-floor windows retire indoors.

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The truth—that thing I thought I was telling.—John Ashbery To start with the facts: the chapter in my book White Sands called “Pilgrimage” is about a visit to the house where the philosopher Theodor Adorno lived in Los Angeles during the Second World War. It takes its title from the story of that name by Susan Sontag (recently republished in Debriefing: Collected Stories) about a visit she and her friend Merrill made to the house of Adorno’s fellow German exile Thomas Mann in the Pacific Palisades, in 1947, when she was fourteen. It seemed strange that the story was originally …
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