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An MQ-9 Reaper drone

Grim Reapers

Drones have taken on a life of their own in popular culture.

by Jenna Krajeski

Must art confront ugly realities with an ugliness of its own?
Posted Nov 11 2014 - 5:17pm
Swagger and survival in Foxcatcher and Red Army
Posted Nov 11 2014 - 5:13pm
Akhil Sharma’s Family Life is not a model minority story.
Posted Nov 5 2014 - 1:39pm



“The First Cotton Gin,” Harper’s Weekly, December 18, 1869

Capitalism’s newest critics offer a groundbreaking account of slavery, but does their economic history add up?

Danielle Keats Citron

There are limits to what the law can do to police cyberabuse.

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino’s Complete Cosmicomics thrives on the tension between ideas and art.

Pop & Circumstance

Pop & Circumstance

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City
October 28, 2014 - 5:57 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City
September 30, 2014 - 5:51 PM ET
Joshua Clover

Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15, 2014
September 3, 2014 - 12:43 PM ET
Joshua Clover

How “Fuck the Police” came to narrate the town’s humiliations and violations.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Insurrections of the Mind thinks insurrections ought to happen only in the mind.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.