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 La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.
Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.
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
Was the author's aristocratic grandfather, who would become a leader of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, a hero or a terrorist?