Louis Menand, The New Yorker

Louis Menand

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Past articles by Louis:

The Very Public Private Life of Andy Warhol

Warhol’s diaries, the subject of a new Netflix series, detail almost everything the artist did. But do they tell us anything about his art? → Read More

The People Who Decide What Becomes History

However fastidious they may be about facts, historians are engaged in storytelling, not science. → Read More

What’s So Great About Great-Books Courses?

The humanities are in danger, but humanists can’t agree on how—or why—they should be saved. → Read More

Are Liberals to Blame for Our Crisis of Faith in Government?

Progressives as well as conservatives have promoted suspicion of the establishment, but lack of trust is not the same as apathy. → Read More

Before Roy Lichtenstein Went Pop

The early works of the artist show that his playful irony was present from the start. → Read More

Are All Short Stories O. Henry Stories?

The writer’s signature style of ending—a final, thrilling note—has the touch of magic that distinguishes the form at its best. → Read More

What Our Biggest Best-Sellers Tell Us About a Nation’s Soul

Reading America through more than two centuries of its favorite books. → Read More

The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking of Hollywood

The 1969 film has become famous for being ahead of its time, but it may be most revealing as an artifact of its time—a turning point in the history of movies. → Read More

A Blue-State Thanksgiving Menu

The country has been damaged—we don’t even know how badly—but it still has a soul. We should feel gratitude this week for some of those through whom it shone. → Read More

What Good Government Looks Like

Louis Menand writes about the director Frederick Wiseman’s new documentary film, “City Hall,” which, based in Boston, exhibits the myriad functions of city government. → Read More

Wikipedia, “Jeopardy!,” and the Fate of the Fact

In the Internet age, it can seem as if there’s no reason to remember anything. But information doesn’t always amount to knowledge, Louis Menand writes. → Read More

The Changing Meaning of Affirmative Action

The past and the future of a long-embattled policy. → Read More

Is Meritocracy Making Everyone Miserable?

In a renewed debate over élite higher education, the question is whether the system is broken or the whole idea was a terrible mistake, Louis Menand writes. → Read More

How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity

Louis Menand on the brave band of scholars who set out to save us from racism and sexism. → Read More

The Misconception About Baby Boomers and the Sixties

Conventional wisdom places the boomers at the center of the social and cultural events of the nineteen-sixties. In truth, they had almost nothing to do with that era. → Read More

A Clear Look at Jackson Pollock’s Breakthrough Painting, “Mural”

Louis Menand writes on Jackson Pollock’s “Mural,” an eight-by-twenty-foot painting completed in 1943, which is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. → Read More

The Declaration Heard Around the World

It is a valuable feature of our country that we mark its birth by a celebrating not a triumph of force but the statement of an idea that went on to inspire countless other liberation movements. → Read More

“1984” at Seventy: Why We Still Read Orwell’s Book of Prophecy

There are elements of the novel—such as its portrait of the surveillance state, or its portrayal of Newspeak—that seem never to fade from relevance. → Read More

“The Tale of Genji” Comes to Fifth Avenue

Louis Menand on an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases a long tradition of art based on the eleventh-century Japanese novel “The Tale of Genji.” → Read More

What Baseball Teaches Us About Measuring Talent

The clash between data and intuition opens onto a larger debate, Louis Menand writes. → Read More