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Big money is destroying American populism

Competition between the national political parties mostly represents competing blocs of the 1 percent<p>Did the ball that dropped in Times Square at midnight on January 1 really signal a new political era?<p>Headlines in the major media proclaim that a wave of “populism” is building. Inequality and the …

The Best Movies of 2013

The year 2013 has been an amazing one for movies, though maybe every year is an amazing year for movies if one is ready to be amazed by movies. It’s also a particularly apt year to make a list of the best films. Making a list is not merely a numerical act but also a polemical one, and the best of …

Letter from the Archive: Gabriel García Márquez

The narrative virtuoso Gabriel García Márquez has contributed twelve pieces, many of them short stories, to <i>The New Yorker</i> since 1974. This holiday weekend, immerse yourself in García Márquez’s exquisite short story “The Autumn of the Patriarch,” which was excerpted from his 1975 novel of the same …

71 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ And More

We waded through more than 600 films to bring you the best of 2014. From Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson movies to blockbuster sequels, here's …

Male Fans Made Bettie Page a Star, but Female Fans Made Her an Icon

Her risqué pinup photos made her famous in the 1950s, but as a new documentary reminds us, Page's liberated sexuality and unflinching body positivity are what still resonate today.<p>Nearly 60 years after her modeling heyday—which made her the most-photographed model of the 20th century—and five years …

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Bringing Dementia Patients to Life

The importance of ritual<p>We know a lot about Alzheimer's disease. For example, we know that it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. We know that one in three seniors dies with some form of dementia. And we know that over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's. …

Rice's walk on the mild side

In late December, National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed her aides to deliver a particular memo to President Barack Obama on an accelerated schedule — until she realized her timetable meant they’d have to work straight through the night before Christmas.<p>“If this is going to f— up everyone’s …

The 10 best movies of 2013

The year’s top 10, from Sarah Polley’s family chronicle to “12 Years a Slave” to Scorsese’s audacious comeback<p>Everybody who writes about movies dreads making these lists, yet all of us want to read <i>each other’s</i> lists. Partly we’re looking for affirmation, partly we’re looking for ideas, and partly …

The modern GOP’s fundamentalist godfather

How Billy Graham paved the way for the rise of the Christian Right<p>Since turning 95 last month, Reverend Billy Graham’s health has deteriorated, and judging by his family’s call for prayers, his life is nearing its end. Many things will be written about Graham's life by both disciples and his …

Pope Francis and the Naked Christ

Thirty years ago, the art scholar Leo Steinberg published “The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion,” a book that does much to explain the connection between Pope Francis’s passionate devotion to the poor and afflicted and his seeming openness to gay Catholics. In “The …

Renaissance Man

A new translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron.<p>In 1348, the Black Death, the most devastating epidemic in European history, swept across the continent. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-75), at the beginning of his famous Decameron, describes its effects on his city, Florence. Many people just dropped dead in …

In Praise of Independent Judges, from Learned Hand to Richard J. Leon

In the American way of government, it often takes an independent-minded judge to tell truth to power. That’s the way the system works. The executive branch is almost always dominated by the exigencies of the day; the legislature—on matters of national security, especially—is often supine. Thanks to …

How Janet Yellen Can Save the Economy

The nominee to lead the Federal Reserve is an old-school progressive economist with two guiding passions: reducing unemployment and reining in Wall Street.<p>Every Federal Reserve Board chairman comes into office with a secret agenda, a hidden passion. It's the sort of thing you don't hear about at …

Prospero’s Precepts: 11 Rules for Critical Thinking from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

It’s been argued that Shakespeare changed everything. Yet even if this is true, it’s true of the literature we consider Shakespeare’s legacy — which, it turns out, might not be Shakespeare’s after all. So holds the Authorship Question — the age-old debate about whether or not a single man we refer …

Advertising: Nothing More Than Feelings

FIRST, you realise it's a gorilla. The opening strains of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" are playing; the beast is enraptured. As the camera pulls back, you see that he's seated at a drum kit. He flexes, raises his drumsticks, then brings them resoundingly down. Only in the final frames do you …

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Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer.<p>There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life. Or they could make matters worse and give you terrible side effects.<p>In the past, this decision was mostly a crude …

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

Five Arab states top the most corrupt list

Five Arab countries are ranked among the top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index, as instability in the region has profound effects on governance.<p>The list, published on Tuesday, ranks countries on an index score that …

Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor

Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country’s brutal class war — and why it’s ultimately so one-sided<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s</i> "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity," <i>edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by</i> <i>Zuccotti Park Press.</i><p><b>An</b> …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Income Inequality

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

10 most appalling comments from the right — just this week

A Republican congressman actually argued that Obamacare is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act<p><b>1. On Fox TV, it is assumed that the Nicaraguan meteorologist knows all about tacos.</b><br>It’s fairly obvious by now that Fox News is a place where being offensive and ignorant is not just permitted, but …

Deutsche Grammophon on Twitter: "Have you listened to Rafal Blechacz's new album yet? http://t.co/OxIUGyfQzp http://t.co/jD5D7Evze8"

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The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

The catfights in Congress over the debt ceiling aren't just an inside-the-Beltway problem -- they're already a Wall Street problem, and they're …

Oakland’s Bid to Become a Solar-Power Hub

<i>This art­icle is part of a weeklong</i> Amer­ica 360 <i>series on Oak­land.</i><p>OAK­LAND—There are no white lab coats at sol­ar-ser­vice pro­vider Sun­gev­ity’s …

7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century

Workers aren’t unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor. It’s like the U.S. has gone back in time<p>Of course they shut the Federal government down. Tea Party Republicans long for the days when there were no government authorities to enforce laws and restrain the power of unchecked …