Two federal judges have barred enforcement of Donald Trump’s travel bans. Both courts ruled that the orders impermissibly targeted the Muslim faith. The government has filed appeals in both cases. The central issue is whether it is appropriate to look beyond the text of the order in assessing its legality. Here David Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU and professor of law and public...
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Tim Judah reports from Nice on the French election: "Talking to ordinary people, I often felt like I was listening to a French version of the Brexit and Trump campaigns, with many of the same fears about foreigners and globalization eroding the livelihoods of citizens."
Tim Judah reports from Nice on the French election Talking to ordinary

France Against Itself

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“Robert Rauschenberg was a showman, a trickster, a shaman, and a charmer. His career is the fool’s errand of twentieth-century American art.” Jed Perl reviews the retrospective of Rauschenberg’s work coming to MoMA in May and SFMOMA‎ in November.
Robert Rauschenberg was a showman a trickster a shaman and a charmer

The Confidence Man of American Art

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Sean Burke
Adrian Heathcote
Yasmine El Rashidi reviews Mohsin Hamid's 'Exit West,' "a meticulously crafted, ambitious story of many layers, many geopolitical realities, many lives and circumstances, even though ultimately he is focused intimately on just two. Here is the world, he seems to be saying, the direction we’re hurtling in. How are we going to mitigate the damage we’ve done?"
Yasmine El Rashidi reviews Mohsin Hamids Exit West a meticulously crafted ambitious

Caught Between Worlds

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Jennifer Tsappis
Kamran FiAz
"When the original German edition of Volker Ullrich’s new biography, 'Hitler: Ascent 1889–1939,' was published in 2013, the current political situation in the United States was not remotely conceivable," writes Christopher R. Browning.
When the original German edition of Volker Ullrichs new biography Hitler Ascent

Lessons from Hitler’s Rise

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Mary-Anne O'Sullivan
"It always feels wrong to scatter words around Howard Hodgkin’s paintings. Their tactile richness should just burn into eyes and minds, leaving a trace behind the eyelids, a memory to which we can return," writes Jenny Uglow of the exhibition "Absent Friends" at London's National Portrait Gallery. "Yet 'words' are eerily present in these paintings."
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Howard Hodgkin: Paintings That Shout

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“History has always been a battleground in France.” The book ‘Histoire mondiale de la France,’ a collaborative work written by 122 academics, 800 pages long and surveying 40,000 years of French history, is a new attempt to change how that history is understood. Robert Darnton reviews it here.
History has always been a battleground in France The book Histoire mondiale

A Buffet of French History

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Patrick Mizelle
Robin Tudge
Marc Orr
Mohamad Katoub, a doctor in Syria and an Advocacy Manager at the Syrian-American Medical Society, recalls the 2013 chemical attack outside Damascus.
Mohamad Katoub a doctor in Syria and an Advocacy Manager at the

A Doctor in Syria

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Martin Filler: "During the eighteenth century Britain’s reigning dynasty was vastly cultivated, especially the three remarkable women who are the focus of the exhibition 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World,'" in its final week at @YaleBritishArt.
Martin Filler During the eighteenth century Britains reigning dynasty was vastly

The Best Kind of Princess

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David Arnold
With developments in genetics, researchers predict that we will be able to bring extinct species back to life. Tim Flannery considers, are we prepared for the moral, ethical, social, and environmental dilemmas inherent in the new technology?
With developments in genetics researchers predict that we will be able to

Can We Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon?

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Mark Wrede
"If dreams offer an access to an unconstrained mental world generated within, why is their content so familiar? If color is produced entirely and exclusively in the brain, why don’t we ever dream of new colors?" Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks continue their dialogue on consciousness.
If dreams offer an access to an unconstrained mental world generated within

Dreaming Outside Our Heads

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Greg Freeman
Leonardo Veras
Elaine Blair, Ian Buruma, David Cole, Mark Danner, Joan Didion, Deborah Eisenberg, Jason Epstein, Timothy Garton Ash, Alma Guillermoprieto, Sue Halpern, Jennifer Homans, Mark Lilla, Janet Malcolm, Fintan O’Toole, Darryl Pinckney, Yasmine El Rashidi, Nathaniel Rich, Ingrid D. Rowland, and Zadie Smith remember editor Robert Silvers.
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Robert B. Silvers (1929–2017)

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Garry Wills reviews 'The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America' by Frances FitzGerald, which starts with the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Great Awakenings, when the word "evangelicalism" came into wide use. Wills writes, "Evangelical religion is revival religion, that of emotional contagion. It can best be characterized, for taxonomic purposes, by three things: crowds, drama, and...
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Jon Running
“Britons probably never saw continental Europeans as family, but soon they will be relating to them as strangers,” writes Jonathan Freedland. “How did this happen? How did Theresa May, who campaigned, albeit in lukewarm fashion, for the Remain side in last summer’s referendum, end up pushing for such a hard-core version of Leave?”
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Dover and Out

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Joel Cavicchia
Leonardo Veras
Ed Hession
Christopher Benfey ruminates on one of his favorite painters, Albert Pinkham Ryder; considers the fact that dark paintings tend to be easier to fake than others; and describes the pleasures of viewing art from a wheelchair.
Christopher Benfey ruminates on one of his favorite painters Albert Pinkham Ryder

Ryder in the Darkness

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Edna E Heatherington
Rick Oehling
Brent Powell
Christopher Carroll on the music critic Virgil Thomson, who, Carroll writes, "was not above using his post to settle old scores or pursue vendettas, or to actively promote his own work," and "yet by the time he left the Herald Tribune in 1954, his provocations had changed the American classical music world for the better."
Christopher Carroll on the music critic Virgil Thomson who Carroll writes was

The Knight Errant of Music Criticism

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Two of Eugene O'Neill's plays are currently being performed in New York City. Geoffrey O’Brien reviews them both.
Two of Eugene ONeills plays are currently being performed in New York

O’Neill’s Strange Vaudeville

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to move the next general election, set for 2020, to June. Earlier this month, Simon Head wrote, "There are multiple signs that Britain is heading for economic disaster—all the more unsettling in view of the apparent lack of awareness of this threat on the part of May and her ministers."
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to move the next

Britain: An Economy on the Brink

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Erin Sinclair
Zev Cohen
Christopher Gage
"Although ISIS poses a global danger, it has not been a major threat to the Afghan government," writes Ahmed Rashid. "Afghan and US officials place the number of ISIS fighters in the country at around seven hundred, compared to three thousand last year. By contrast, there are an estimated 40,000 Taliban fighters who now control one third of the country."
Although ISIS poses a global danger it has not been a major

Afghanistan: Making It Worse

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"When the madman option is what looks most presidential, the nuclear option may no longer be a metaphor," writes Masha Gessen.
When the madman option is what looks most presidential the nuclear option

The Real Madman

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Christopher Caster
Shelli Netherton
Kave Man