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Advertisement for “Thames Town” development, Songjiang New City, Shanghai, China

The urbanization of China and infusion of Western forms amounts to a second Cultural Revolution.

Mark Ciavarella (left) and Sandy Fonzo (center) outside a courthouse

Robert May’s Kids for Cash, Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria, Razvan Radulescu’s Child’s Pose

Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862

David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Abraham Cahan in the late 1930s

Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch’s latest call-to-arms against the privatization of public schools.

Pete Seeger

Pete’s fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many “singing tomorrows.”

Herman Melville

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

An installation view of Educational Complex (1995), by Mike Kelley

MFAs aren’t a problem: it’s artists being content with what they know.

Blogs

Generally considered the leading children's book writer of the past century, his books were touchstones of youth for the generation born after 1960.

May 8, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day, here’s my stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

April 25, 2012

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

A new book shows that the HIV virus was triggered by wanton imperial depredations.

February 28, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012

How does the movie The Help "photoshop" American history?

February 27, 2012