Books & the Arts

LaToya Ruby Frazier Rewrites the Rules of Documentary Photography LaToya Ruby Frazier Rewrites the Rules of Documentary Photography

A new career survey at the MoMA is a perfect illustration of the photographer’s mission: to reframe how viewers see the working-class and low-income people whom she counts as kin….

Books & the Arts / Jillian Steinhauer

In Poetry’s Church In Poetry’s Church

More than a half century of the Poetry Project

Books & the Arts / Sasha Frere-Jones

Time, Space, and Annie Baker Time, Space, and Annie Baker

The playwright’s remarkable debut film, Janet Planet, immerses the viewer in the sounds and sorrow of a middle-schooler’s endless summer.

Books & the Arts / Nora Caplan-Bricker

From the Magazine

Who Is In Charge in the Biden White House?

Who Is In Charge in the Biden White House? Who Is In Charge in the Biden White House?

In The Last Politician, Franklin Foer offers a portrait of an administration at odds with itself. 

Books & the Arts / Osita Nwanevu

Nell Irvin Painter’s Chronicles of Freedom

Nell Irvin Painter’s Chronicles of Freedom Nell Irvin Painter’s Chronicles of Freedom

A new career-spanning book offers a portrait of Painter’s career as a historian, essayist, and most recently visual artist.

Books & the Arts / Elias Rodriques

A Left Between Victory and Defeat

A Left Between Victory and Defeat A Left Between Victory and Defeat

How can the left escape burning out?

Books & the Arts / Sam Adler-Bell

Literary Criticism

The Magic of Reading Bernard Malamud

The Magic of Reading Bernard Malamud The Magic of Reading Bernard Malamud

His work, unlike that of Bellow or Roth, focused on the lives of often impoverished Jews in Brooklyn and the Bronx and bestowed on them a literary magic.

Books & the Arts / Vivian Gornick

The Myths of Anne Carson

The Myths of Anne Carson The Myths of Anne Carson

Throughout her long and prolific career, Carson has specialized in unexpected juxtapositions between modern life and ancient times, contemporary art and the literature of the…

Books & the Arts / Emily Wilson

The Enigma of Frantz Fanon

The Enigma of Frantz Fanon The Enigma of Frantz Fanon

A revolutionary and an intellectual, a nationalist and a cosmopolitan, a doctor and a revolutionary, Fanon was always multiple.

Books & the Arts / Ken Chen

History & Politics

What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Democratic Majority? What Happened to the Democratic Majority?

Today the march of class dealignment feels like an inexorable fact of American political life. But is it?

Books & the Arts / Matthew Karp

Sara Ahmed and the Joys of Killjoy Feminism

Sara Ahmed and the Joys of Killjoy Feminism Sara Ahmed and the Joys of Killjoy Feminism

To be a feminist killjoy means celebrating a different kind of joy, the joy that comes from doing critical damage to what damages so much of the world.

Books & the Arts / Judith Butler

How Did Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Go So Off Course?

How Did Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Go So Off Course? How Did Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Go So Off Course?

The president set out to chart a more pacific and humane foreign policy after the Trump years but at some point he and his team of advisers lost the plot.

Books & the Arts / David Klion

Art & Architecture

Isaac Julien at the Tate Britain, 2023.

Isaac Julien’s Truth Isaac Julien’s Truth

Dealing with time, race, and utopias, his work challenges conventional notions of where film belongs and should be consumed.

Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

What Happened to the 21st-Century City?

What Happened to the 21st-Century City? What Happened to the 21st-Century City?

And how we can save it.

Books & the Arts / Kate Wagner

Central Park Tower, One57, and 111 West 57th Street, 2022.

What’s the Deal With Manhattan’s Pencil-Thin High Rises? What’s the Deal With Manhattan’s Pencil-Thin High Rises?

A walk along 57th Street.

Books & the Arts / Karrie Jacobs

Film & Television

A scene from About Dry Grasses.

The Genius of Nuri Bilge Ceylan The Genius of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

About Dry Grasses is long, dense, elliptical—and brilliant.

Books & the Arts / A. S. Hamrah

A scene from “Evil Does Not Exist”.

The Inhuman Gaze of “Evil Does Not Exist” The Inhuman Gaze of “Evil Does Not Exist”

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s new film, an eco-thriller set in a sylvan Japanese town, explores the messy entanglements of human, machine, and nature that make up planetary existence.

Books & the Arts / Phoebe Chen

Shot from HBO’s “The Sympathizers”

The Many Worlds of HBO’s “The Sympathizer” The Many Worlds of HBO’s “The Sympathizer”

The adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel is a study of migration—between identities and countries and also between different historical periods and genres.

Books & the Arts / Jorge Cotte

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Anya Taylor-Joy in “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.”

Why Did “Furiosa” Flop? Why Did “Furiosa” Flop?

A web of interconnected reasons might explain why George Miller’s long-awaited new entry to his Mad Max series failed in the box office.

Jul 10, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

Harriet Tubman in 1868 or 1869.

The Many Lives of Harriet Tubman The Many Lives of Harriet Tubman

Tiya Miles’s Night Flyer is a landmark biography of one of 19th-century America’s most important figures. 

Jul 2, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Kellie Carter Jackson

Taylor Swift, Poet

Taylor Swift, Poet Taylor Swift, Poet

Country singer, globetrotting pop star, and now melancholic poet—Taylor Swift has offered her listeners almost everything.

Jul 1, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Stephanie Burt

The Man Hồ Chí Minh Once Was

The Man Hồ Chí Minh Once Was The Man Hồ Chí Minh Once Was

Joseph Andras’s novel on the Vietnamese revolutionary’s salad days in Paris imagines how a young radical became an icon.

Jun 27, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Terry Nguyễn

Elfriede Jelinek, 1986.

Down in the Dirt With Elfriede Jelinek Down in the Dirt With Elfriede Jelinek

A long awaited English translation of her shocking magnum opus, The Children of the Dead, asks its readers to look at the violent history buried just beneath their feet.

Jun 26, 2024 / Books & the Arts / John Semley

New York City police officers preparing to enter Columbia University's Hamilton Hall, 2024.

A Fantasy of Post-Generational Politics A Fantasy of Post-Generational Politics

A recent book argues that reordering the stages of work and life—including retirement—could eradicate conflicts between generations, while ignoring the real issues that divide us….

Jun 25, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Julian Epp

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