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2021 Year in Review
July 14, 2021
Utopia and Dystopia Are Twins—Both Are Born Out of Criticism
But it is only Utopia that allows us to dream together.
July 13, 2021
Brandon Taylor’s Potlucks and Parties
In his new collection of short stories, the Booker-Prize nominated novelist explores the desires and discontents of people living in small university towns.
July 9, 2021
Meet MacKenzie Scott, Our New Good Billionaire
With Bill Gates in disgrace, oligarchy’s apologists have been pushing Scott as a replacement. But is Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife really an improvement?
July 6, 2021
Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World
Human rights activist Antoinette Duclaire’s murder is the latest for a country in chaos—where an obsession with elections obscures a complete absence of democracy or accountability.
July 6, 2021
Gayatri Spivak: ‘The Subaltern Speaks Through Dying’
A conversation on the educational empowerment of rural poor in India, and the evolution of Spivak’s thinking about state and citizen.
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July 1, 2021
Nancy Pelosi Outplays Kevin McCarthy Once Again
The House minority leader threatens GOP members who agree to serve on the Select Committee to investigate January 6. But Liz Cheney defies him, and now Pelosi has a quorum.
June 23, 2021
The Unfinished Evolution of Aziz Ansari
With the latest season of
Master of None
, the comedian and director’s attempt at a reboot of his creative approach reveals the limits of his perspective.
June 14, 2021
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.
June 4, 2021
AMLO Has Been a Disappointment to the World—for Mexico, He’s Been Far Worse
The Mexican president’s botched Covid response and his lean toward militarization indicate that he takes his cues from the past, not the future.
June 3, 2021
The Miseducation of White Children
The attacks on critical race theory are just another attempt to prevent this country from reckoning with its racist past and present—by keeping white kids ignorant.