Books & the Arts

The Magic of Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden isn't exactly a sequel to Jesus’ Son, but it has the same breezy, epiphanic quality.

J. Robert Lennon

The Long Road to ‘Citizens United’

Adam Winkler's new history argues that the problem with Citizens United is its inability to see the distorting effects of concentrated wealth.

David Cole

James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, and the Politics of Southern Multiculturalism

The search for cultural diversity and social equality.

Robert Greene

From the Magazine

Mothering Under Capitalism

Jacqueline Rose and the politics of motherhood.

Merve Emre

The Many Philip Roths

The novelist’s wide-ranging work spanned from irreverent short stories to self-lacerating picaresque to experimental fiction, but at its center there was still a moral core.

David Marcus

Zora Neale Hurston and the Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade’s Last Survivor

Even after Emancipation, Kossula Oluales spent the rest of his life trying to recover what was lost.

Elias Rodriques

Literary Criticism

Wallace Thurman in Harlem

As an editor, novelist, and playwright, Wallace Thurman sought to offer honest, unabashed portraits of black life in Harlem.

Allyson Hobbs

The World of ‘Crime and Punishment’

A new translation captures the painful backdrop of Dostoyevsky’s classic: the poverty, crime, and violence that shaped much of everyday life in 19th-century St. Petersburg.

Jennifer Wilson

Joseph Conrad and the Dawn of Globalization

What passes for civilization is often just refined savagery.

Greg Grandin
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Social Criticism

Perry Anderson’s Long Goodbye

In the absence of revolution, Perry Anderson embraces realism.
Bruce Robbins

Published in the late 1940s, a decade after his death, the Italian volumes of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks started the process of his secular canonization. A founder of the Italian Communist Party, Gramsci had spent 11 years in Fascist custody. During this period, while his teeth fell out and his… Continue Reading >

History & Politics

Organized Labor’s Lost Generations

Unions have struggled to make substantial gains since the ’70s, but not for the reasons historians think.

Gabriel Winant

Waiting for Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment

The genre that Pinker’s latest book most closely resembles is not 18th-century philosophie but a TED Talk.

David A. Bell

From Progress to Poverty: America’s Long Gilded Age

The America that emerged out of the Civil War was meant to be a radically more equal place. What went wrong?

Steven Hahn


Cardi B’s Best Life

What some would consider missteps, the rapper has turned into the stuff of stardom, and Invasion of Privacy is a momentous testament to perseverance.

Briana Younger

The Lamentations of Mount Eerie and David Byrne

Mount Eerie’s Now Only and David Byrne’s American Utopia both try to find meaning in a world of loss and death.

Bijan Stephen

The Genre of Post-Genre

William Brittelle has drawn from classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce music that is at once free-ranging and a thrill to experience.

David Hajdu

Political Theory

Arbitrary Rule

A new work of political theory captures the workplace power dynamics behind sexual harassment.  
J.C. Pan

It’s the rare person who works for a living and can’t easily recall their worst boss. In October, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that for dozens of women in Hollywood, that boss was Harvey Weinstein. The revelations prompted a surge of women in other industries to… Continue Reading >


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