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The Annotated Frank Rich Archive

November 11, 2013
“The Very Definite Thrill of Virtue”

Excerpts from James Baldwin’s 1949 essay “Everybody’s Protest Novel.”

November 11, 2013
The Roots Rubber-Band Effect

Levar Burton on whether we still need the American slave narrative.

November 11, 2013
Liberal Echo Chamber

If only 12 Years a Slave (or Roots, or any other wrenching American slave narrative) could move audiences beyond those already eager for a dose of feel-good shame.

October 21, 2013
The Furies Never End

The shutdown crisis is nothing we haven’t seen before.A good portion of America has been trying to sabotage the government for almost our entire history.

September 30, 2013
It’s Hard to Hate Rand Paul

The junior senator from Kentucky would be an appalling right-wing president, and yet he is a valuable politician: a man of conviction, and a visitation from a post-Obama political future.

August 12, 2013
Lobby Heroes

A history of bipartisan hires at Quinn Gillespie, as told through press releases and contemporaneous coverage.

August 12, 2013
The Capital’s Oldest Profession

In 1951, journalists Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer wrote Washington Confidential, a dishy guide to D.C. and its denizens. the book sold 2 million copies. Here, a condensed excerpt.

August 12, 2013
The Stench of the Potomac

Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.

July 8, 2013
Terms of Engagement
July 8, 2013
Will Smith Already Played Edward Snowden

Enemy of the State screenwriter David Marconi says he warned us about the NSA fifteen years ago.

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