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The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.

Fiorello LaGuardia

Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.

Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux playing the tambourine in Treme

Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.

“The way Hope builds his House,” inscribed on an envelope, circa 1879

How was Emily Dickinson able to be frugal and fruitful in her art?

The teenpop of the teens has proved discomfiting, like the dead brought back to life.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past

Blogs

New novels, poetry and short-story collections from up-and-coming and established writers of color.

September 24, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The author's absorbing debut novel chronicles a young woman’s year in Paris, where she will have to choose the home wants most. 

September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

Baldwin published his first piece in The Nation, and for many years thereafter continued to attack a system he thought as close to anarchy as to martial law.

August 10, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013