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The Disastrous History of Rikers
How a failed agenda of jail reform produced one of the country's most infamous penal colonies.
Yesterday 5:00 am
Olga Ravn’s Office Novel in Space
offers a surreal and biting account of all the hazards and indignities of the contemporary workplace.
May 17, 2022
The Sea According to Rachel Carson
Her first three books were odes to the world’s bodies of water and their creative power over all life forms.
May 16, 2022
The British Empire’s Worldwide Devastation
Caroline Elkins’s new history of the British Empire is a damning account of its violent crimes against its subjects.
Howard W. French
May 12, 2022
Florine Stettheimer, Insider Artist
Barbara Bloemink’s biography paints a complicated picture of an artist whose work both celebrated and critiqued the upper echelons of early-20th-century cultural life.
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May 11, 2022
The Whitney Biennial Isn’t As Bad as It Looks
But it sure does make a poor first impression.
May 11, 2022
Civic Engagement In an Age of Perpetual War
A conversation with Phil Klay about his new book
and the moral imperatives and ambiguities of civilian life amidst constant conflict.
May 10, 2022
China’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office
A conversation with Erich Schwartzel about the vexed relationship between Hollywood and Beijing, how movies became a vehicle for Chinese ideology, and his new book
May 9, 2022
When Did the Ruling Class Get Woke?
A conversation with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on his new book
, which investigates the co-option of identity politics and the importance of coalitional organizing.
May 5, 2022
The Ground Beneath Us: On the Photographs of An-My Lê
Her photos, whose subjects range from the Vietnamese countryside to the Rio Grande border, reveal hidden histories and elicit profound reconsiderations of the familiar.