What is the way of life implied by our contemporary standing revolution?
Spend time among the Chinese intelligentsia today and you’ll hear many frank expressions of nostalgia for the 1980s. “Our Eighties are like your Sixties,” someone inevitably will say—in other words, the moment when the possibility of tremendous political transformation flared up only to be extinguished, sending shocks of longing through the dark years that followed.
November 17, 2011
Everything we make for our wants and want to make is labor.
October 5, 2011
When the decision was made, with a forest of stiff arms and high hands, to occupy City Hall, the hands began to twinkle.
July 11, 2011
Veterans are not the only ones suffering flashbacks. In a way, it is a national condition.
The crack-up of the country’s wealthiest, most populous state has been long in the making.
August 9, 2010
Tony Judt began as an intellectual historian; he will be remembered by many as a bracing critic of Zionism, a vigorous proponent of European-style social democracy, and–tragically–a victim of ALS. I have heard many describe as “moving” his snatches of memoir, published over the last year of his life. This is true–but what may have been even more moving was the extent to which he devoted his last days to making the case for the welfare state.
May 11, 2010
Not every game is art. Not even most games are art.
March 3, 2010
Solnit viewed Muybridge’s output in terms of an almost classical base-superstructure relationship.
December 2, 2009
When the coup came, the only surprise was that the US did not have a direct hand in supporting it.
August 28, 2009
The photographs of a beautiful, flooded New Orleans brought back memories of chronically waterlogged Venice.
Surely no other magazine has begun with so little excitement.