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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
May 19, 2016
What Was She Wearing?
’s photographs remind us: When its survivors are condemned, rape is condoned.
May 18, 2016
The Annie Dillard Show
In felicitous language, she enables us to see the world afresh. But there is always a distance, a sense of performance.
May 16, 2016
A Blues for Albert Murray
His name was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
May 12, 2016
Let’s Not Forget Socialism in the Resurrection of Socialist Art
William Gropper’s art offers a lasting lesson in how useful pencils and paintbrushes can be in the fight against the exploitation of the many for the profit of the few.
May 11, 2016
Don DeLillo’s American Dream
His recent protagonists dream only of money, except perhaps for the technological advances that will allow them to go on acquiring it indefinitely.
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April 21, 2016
Five Books: These Histories of Black Struggle Should Inform Us in 2016
April 5, 2016
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
When it comes to the police, there is one gaping difference between pop music and television.
March 29, 2016
Is Tinder Making Economic Inequality Worse?
In theory, dating apps make it easier to meet people outside our social strata. In practice, we swipe right on people with similar socioeconomic backgrounds.
March 29, 2016
Who Can Change the American University?
Many professors won’t support their students who are protesting campus racism—even when they want to.
March 16, 2016
Confidence in Mexico
Nothing is more important for Mexicans than regaining a sense of security in their own lives. But the threat of moral decomposition is growing.