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Comey Says FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. Was “Shameful” — But Comey’s FBI Surveilled Black Activists

Despite his aim to right the wrongs of the bureau’s past, Comey presided over many of the same racialized tactics in his tenure as FBI director.<p>The …


In a forgotten town by the Salton Sea, newcomers build a bohemian dream

Bombay Beach, once a desert resort, fell into decrepitude. Now an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters are making it their playground<p>When ecological disaster hit Bombay Beach, a resort town marooned by a dying lake in California’s desert, the result looked apocalyptic.<p>Birds and fish died. …

Mad Max

2018 European Stone Stacking Championship - in pictures

The competition taking place in Dunbar, Scotland is one of Europe’s largest championships for stone stacking and balancing artists

Health and Safety

'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Patricia Hampl, you had me at your title: <i>The Art of the Wasted Day.</i><p>Imagine a book that celebrates daydreaming, that sees it not as a moral failing, but as an activity to be valued as an end in itself. To be clear, this is not a self-help book; nor is Hampl talking about meditation, yogic breathing …

Sigmund Freud

Why The Communist Manifesto and Marx are still relevant today

John Green lists some highlights from Marx’s 200th anniversary celebrations; Malcolm Read says that the Manifesto preaches class war to the death; and Keith Flett hails the way Britain gave him shelter<p>Yanis Varoufakis’s eloquent reminder to us of the continued relevance of The Communist Manifesto …

Karl Marx

Church of The Donald

Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.<p>HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. <b>—</b> The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through …

Donald Trump

Aspect ratio

For other uses, see Aspect ratio (disambiguation).<p>The <b>aspect ratio</b> of a geometric shape is the ratio of its sizes in different dimensions. For …

NASA’s stunning video of the Lagoon Nebula will put your dumb life in perspective – Quartz

In case you thought your problems were of any significance whatsoever, a new NASA video of the Lagoon Nebula is here to remind you that they absolutely are not.<p>Oh, did you have a bad day at work? The Lagoon Nebula doesn’t care. Maybe you won a big prize and impressed everyone? Well, this nebula …


If we weren’t the first industrial civilization on Earth, would we ever know? - MIT Technology Review

The Silurians are a species of lizard-like creature that appeared in the cult science fiction TV show <i>Dr. Who</i>. They achieved industrial expertise …

Climate Change

In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump’s Immigration Agenda

April 5th began in the usual way at the Southeastern Provision meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee—some workers were breaking down carcasses on the production line, while others cleaned the floors—until, around 9 <i>A.M.</i>, a helicopter began circling above the plant. Moments later, a fleet …


It’s Strange the Way the Lord Does Move

The other night, up late again listening to old records, I came across a song by the country singer Lefty Frizzell that, so far as I know, I had never heard before. It was the title that got my attention: “There’s No Food in This House.” I imagined Lefty, in his most vexed falsetto, leveling the …


Laurie Anderson on turning loss into lemonade, and why that matters

Fake news. The impermanence of objects. The stories we tell ourselves. The psychic toll of social media. The dangerous art that can be made with a pencil.<p>These were all subjects of concern to artist and musician Laurie Anderson when she wrote her book "All the Things I Lost in the Flood" and …


The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: Allen Ginsberg on the Stand

I<p>Allen Ginsberg was the ninth witness to testify for the defense in the Chicago Conspiracy trial and the first who tried to explain to the jury why …


In the Review Archives: 1969–1971

<i>This is the third in a series featuring past highlights of</i> The New York Review<i>, to celebrate the magazine’s fifty-fifth anniversary.</i><p>“In 1969, the …


Frank Zappa Warns How Censorship Will Lead to an Encroaching Fascist Theocracy on ‘Crossfire’ in 1986

On an incredibly prescient 1986 episode of <i>Crossfire</i>, the late, great Frank Zappa sat down with hosts Robert Novack (on the left) and Tom Braden (on …

Frank Zappa

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” …


Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – fascinating study of disbelief

The British philosopher has produced a thought-provoking account of the tradition of atheism and the problems with it<p>There is an old story of two atheists in Northern Ireland who expressed relief that they had risen above the religious rivalry of their contemporaries. Then one defined himself as a …


French anti-terror police shamed by anarchist trial outcome

A lawyer in a high-profile French trial called for an end to the political manipulation of the legal system on Friday after a court dismissed charges …


A Concentration Exercise to Help Us Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt

<b>A Concentration Exercise to Help Us Overcome Self-Doubt and Fear</b><p>It’s easy to become paralyzed by self-doubt and fear. Our minds often get stuck on …


US officials say Yassmin Abdel-Magied deported for not having correct visa

Author and TV personality blocked from entering America where she was due to speak at an event in New York<p>Australian author and TV personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been deported from the US because she didn’t hold the right visa, US authorities have said, but noted she was welcome to apply to …


Fox News' Lou Dobbs tries to rally Trump support with online poll—FAILS hilariously

Fox News’ bag of dumb Lou Dobbs decided to use his Twitter account to poll the people. Should Donald Trump fire everybody? Of course, Dobbs didn’t …

Donald Trump

The Evolution of Hyperrealism: From Religious Paintings to Simulated Reality

As with any artistic movement, the evolution of <b>Hyperrealism</b> can only be told in relation to the other influential art styles that preceded it. Hyperrealism traces its roots back through <b>Photorealism</b>, and <b>Realism</b> before that, sharing many of the same artistic traits, yet, its own distinct individual …


‘Our territory is our life’: one struggle against mining in Ecuador

Three A’I Cofan men were staring down at a pit of rocks, dead foliage and filthy water where two gold-panners were working. Beyond was a sluice and hoses running down to the rushing, green waters of the River Aguarico. To the right, there was mud, more rocks, more equipment, a makeshift tent and …


Diane Arbus' daring early work: 'It was a story that went untold, until now'

The photographer’s largely unseen set of 1960s photos focusing on outcasts of society is now on view at the Smithsonian<p>In 1970, Diane Arbus was a struggling magazine photographer in New York City. She wanted to make more money, so she put together a series of photos in a plexiglass box, which she …

Street Photography

NEWS: La Wilson (1926–2018)



How a 4th-century Taoist concept is treating anxiety

The concept of non-action might just be the most powerful action to take for curbing anxiety.<br>Read More

Martial Arts

Can it Happen Here? review: urgent studies in rise of authoritarian America

Cass Sunstein’s collection of essays shows Republican-led decay of US democracy predates Trump – and may be irreversible after him<p>The 17 thinkers who have contributed to this new collection of essays come down firmly on all sides of its central question: is the United States destined to become an …

Donald Trump

Mycenaean Pottery

The pottery of the Mycenaean civilization (1550-1050 BCE), although heavily influenced by the earlier Minoans based on Crete, nevertheless, added new …

Ancient History

Forgotten Feminisms: An Appeal Against ‘Domestic Despotism’

Women have long understood the iniquity of their degradation and lack of basic human rights, and written about it. Until relatively recently, …


Both Men Were Innocent But They Were From Mississippi

Photographer Isabelle Armand spent five years documenting the lives of two black men unfairly convicted of murder. Her images weld a horrible past to …

Death Row