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Pop & Circumstance
September 15, 2016
The Get Down
, Baz Luhrman’s fairy-tale remix of the birth of hip hop, offers a glimpse of the beginning of the end of US power.
August 8, 2016
A Tale of Two Pictures
Black Lives Matter resists definition and is full of contradictions, but that’s where its power lies.
July 8, 2016
The Liberal Catechism
The allegory in the latest installment of
is pretty clear: Election 2016.
March 9, 2016
Beyoncé’s “Formation” reflects today’s movement from black rage toward a racialized revolutionary politics.
December 17, 2015
Speechbros, Concern Trolls, and the Free-Speech Fraud
The anger over ceaseless racial threats has entwined with the recognition of campus as one more zone of unfreedom.
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October 29, 2015
Is Complicity Now the Entry Fee for Critique?
A new app brings clarity to an old situation: the collaboration between journalism and capitalism.
June 19, 2015
Our Mad Worlds
We feel something has ended but nothing has begun. Perfect harmony is a magical, effervescent bubble.
May 6, 2015
Money is sitting around in its sweatpants listlessly spooning peanut butter out of a jar.
April 8, 2015
Jobs and Empire
The music of
is the theology of capitalism.
March 24, 2015
From Lenin to Lego
The Lego Movie
cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.