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July 19, 2019
Colson Whitehead Opens Up
In a wide-ranging conversation with
, the author talks about political writing, zombies and horror stories, American history, and his new novel
The Nickel Boys
July 2, 2019
Namwali Serpell’s Postcolonial Epic
The Old Drift
tells the multigenerational story of Zambia coming into being.
June 3, 2019
Ishmael Reed Tries to Undo the Damage ‘Hamilton’ Has Wrought
His new play,
The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
, is an extremely earnest attempt to show Miranda the many errors of his blockbuster musical.
Race and Ethnicity
May 29, 2019
Imani Perry’s Liberation Feminism
The African-American studies professor sits down with
to discuss books, Beyoncé, and the radical potential of the academy.
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April 23, 2019
Sri Lanka’s Easter Attacks Were Intended to Incite Violence
After 10 years of uneasy peace, many fear the bombings will push Sri Lanka into a new era of bloodshed.
Books and Ideas
April 23, 2019
Migrant State of Mind: A Q&A With Novelist Laila Lalami
Her new novel,
The Other Americans
, looks at the life of an immigrant family in a small town in the Mojave.
April 16, 2019
The Art of the Q&A With
The New Yorker
’s Isaac Chotiner
He talks to us about his philosophy of interviewing, the role of the questioner, and the state of the Q&A today.
February 28, 2019
Darius James’s Antic Satire of American Racism
Provocative and slapstick, his 1992 debut,
Negrophobia: An Urban Parable
, dives into the frenzied subconscious of white prejudice.
February 12, 2019
How to Be Critical of the Things You Love
Poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib’s new book on A Tribe Called Quest is also a consideration of what it means to be a music fan in 2019.
December 10, 2018
Don’t Defend Title IX. Replace It.
Anti-discrimination and affirmative-action rules don’t help the Americans who need them the most.