Books & the Arts

The Black Arts Movement’s Revolution in the South

A new book offers a sweeping history of the radical art and institutions created in the South by the Black Arts Movement.

Elias Rodriques

Lucille Clifton and the Task of Remembering

The poet’s memoir Generations is both a chronicle of her ancestral lineage and lesson in the centrality of Black women to the story of American history.

Marina Magloire

Rise of the Far-Right Ultras

In Far-Right Vanguard, John Huntington shows just how porous the dividing line has been between the far right and mainstream conservatism.

Kim Phillips-Fein

From the Magazine

Maggie Nelson and the Evolving Politics of Liberation

Maggie Nelson and the Evolving Politics of Liberation

In her new book, Nelson examines the politics of freedom on the left and the right.

Jennifer Wilson
The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza”

The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is his most personal work yet.

Vikram Murthi
The Anti-Intellectual Intellectuals of the Conservative Movement

The Anti-Intellectual Intellectuals of the Conservative Movement

Why is Mark Levin’s American Marxism so popular?

Michael Kazin

Literary Criticism

Sally Rooney’s Fiction for End Times

Sally Rooney’s Fiction for End Times

In her third novel, Rooney does more than just respond to critics; she surveys the wreckage of modern life.

Tony Tulathimutte
The Making of Tom Stoppard

The Making of Tom Stoppard

How mistaken identity and acts of reinvention define the life and work of the British playwright.

Hannah Gold
Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation

Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation

In her new novel, Jones offers a story of slavery and freedom in the Americas.

Farah Jasmine Griffin

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History & Politics

John Rawls and Liberalism’s Selective Conscience

John Rawls and Liberalism’s Selective Conscience

With its doctrine of fairness, A Theory of Justice transformed political philosophy. But what did it leave out? 

Olúfémi O. Táíwò
What Is the Relationship Between Democracy and Authoritarianism?

What Is the Relationship Between Democracy and Authoritarianism?

The Age of Revolution inaugurate a new era in modern history defined not only by new democratic institutions but also by despots and charismatic leaders.

Tyler Stovall
Eric Williams and the Tangled History of Capitalism and Slavery

Eric Williams and the Tangled History of Capitalism and Slavery

The historian and politician helped transform how several generations understood 18th- and 19th-century history.

Gerald Horne

Fiction

Francisco Goldman’s Altered States

Francisco Goldman’s Altered States

In his new novel, Goldman asks readers to question the very essence of how we define ourselves. 
Ed Morales

Throughout his fiction and nonfiction, Francisco Goldman has mapped the many border lines that pervade his life. Some of his novels have mined his Central American family connections. His journalistic work has uncovered the genocidal policies of the US government and its Guatemalan government collaborators. Sometimes he has adopted the… Continue Reading >

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Television and Films

Denis Villeneuve’s Humanistic “Dune”

Denis Villeneuve’s Humanistic “Dune”

His adaptation was the first to understand the scale—both intimate and epic—the sci-fi novel required to translate to film.

Erin Schwartz
Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life

Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life

Her remarkable two-part film The Souvenir examines how an artist turns the fragments of their personal history into an enduring story.

Devika Girish
What’s New in the New “West Side Story”?

What’s New in the New “West Side Story”?

In Steven Spielberg’s version, we get a film that offers a far more inclusive vision of postwar America but one that still retains its flawed view of working-class tribalism.

Ed Morales

Politics

The Fuller Court.

Whose Side Is the Supreme Court On?

Many people who came of age in the 1950s and 60s view the Supreme Court as a force for good when it comes to race. But the court has often been the most anti-progressive branch of the federal government.
Randall Kennedy

Many people who came of age between, say, 1940 and 1970 have become accustomed to seeing the Supreme Court as a force for good when it comes to race. They have developed a faith in the justices’ claim, voiced in 1940 in a decision overturning the convictions of Black defendants… Continue Reading >

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