Culture

Can You Put a Dollar Amount on White Privilege? Can You Put a Dollar Amount on White Privilege?

Tracie McMillan’s The White Bonus attempts to quantify the literal cost of racism in America.

Books & the Arts / Kristen Martin

J.D. Vance, a Born-Again Trumpist, Offers a Political Jackpot for Democrats J.D. Vance, a Born-Again Trumpist, Offers a Political Jackpot for Democrats

Trump’s running mate has a history of embracing rancid positions to rise to the top.

Jeet Heer

The World’s Problems Explained in One Issue: Electricity The World’s Problems Explained in One Issue: Electricity

Brett Christophers’s account of the market-induced failure to transition to renewables is his latest entry in a series of books demystifying a multi-pronged global crisis.

Books & the Arts / Trevor Jackson

Books

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. 

Books & the Arts / Kellie Carter Jackson

A certificate for a volunteer serving in the Union army.

Can the Constitution Save Us? Can the Constitution Save Us?

The Constitution is often invoked as a safeguard for American democracy, but does it more often get in democracy’s way?

Books & the Arts / Jedediah Britton-Purdy

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

Film

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

How the Academy Flubbed Its Moguls Memorial How the Academy Flubbed Its Moguls Memorial

The Academy’s film museum, seeking to placate critics who decried its earlier omission of Jewish moguls, rushes to fix its clumsy handling of a sensitive subject. 

Ben Schwartz

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

Television

Watch while you can: The Daily Show's stage set in New York

How Comedy Central Fell Into Paramount’s Corporate Memory Hole How Comedy Central Fell Into Paramount’s Corporate Memory Hole

The entertainment behemoth deleted 25 years of the groundbreaking network’s content prior to its new merger with Skydance—and things are likely to get much worse.

Ben Schwartz

Dear Ron Klain: We Need To Talk About Joe

Dear Ron Klain: We Need To Talk About Joe Dear Ron Klain: We Need To Talk About Joe

To preserve President Biden’s legacy, the party has to find another candidate

Jeet Heer

Joe Biden and Donald Trump participate in the CNN Presidential Debate at the CNN Studios on June 27, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trump Was Terrible. But Biden Was Worse. Trump Was Terrible. But Biden Was Worse.

Trump’s lies and unhinged ranting went unchallenged because Biden was incoherent and lost.

Jeet Heer

Architecture

Screenshot of CGI image in proposal titled “From Crisis to Prosperity.”

The Awful Plan to Turn Gaza Into the Next Dubai The Awful Plan to Turn Gaza Into the Next Dubai

The Netanyahu administration seems to have learned from neighboring petrostates that spectacle can distract from ethnic cleansing.

Column / Kate Wagner

In Poetry’s Church

In Poetry’s Church In Poetry’s Church

More than a half century of the Poetry Project

Books & the Arts / Sasha Frere-Jones

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

Music

Seeing Ourselves in Joni Mitchell Seeing Ourselves in Joni Mitchell

Ann Powers’s deeply personal biography of Joni Mitchell looks at how a generation of listeners came to identify with the folk singer’s intimate songs.

Books & the Arts / David Hajdu

Philip Glass, Solo Artist Philip Glass, Solo Artist

In his most recent album, the composer marks a new turn in his style.

Books & the Arts / Bijan Stephen

The State of the Gay Bar The State of the Gay Bar

A new book explores the phenomenon of gay bar closures and the forms of nightlife that have emerged to replace them.

Books & the Arts / Daniel Felsenthal

The Genius of Ella Fitzgerald The Genius of Ella Fitzgerald

She remade the American songbook in her image, uprooting the very meaning of musical performance.

Books & the Arts / Sam Fentress

Publishing

Lauren Oyler and the Critic in the Internet Age

Lauren Oyler and the Critic in the Internet Age Lauren Oyler and the Critic in the Internet Age

In No Judgment, the novelist and critic explores the perilous activity of literary criticism in the era of social media.

Books & the Arts / Alana Pockros

President of Argentina with chainsaw

Javier Milei’s Amputation Regime for Argentina Javier Milei’s Amputation Regime for Argentina

The country’s new president has imposed a set of brutal austerity measures as part of a so-called “chainsaw plan.” The carnage is already mounting.

Jacob Sugarman

Los Angeles Times Guild members rally outside City Hall against layoffs at the paper.

The Death and Life of Great American Media The Death and Life of Great American Media

The crisis of the news business is far from over, but we’re still doing what we’ve been doing for over 159 years.

The Big Picture / D.D. Guttenplan

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LaToya Ruby Frazier’s “Zion, Her Mother Shea, and Her Grandfather Mr. Smiley Riding on Their Tennessee Walking Horses, Mares, P.T. (P.T.’s Miss One of a Kind), Dolly (Secretly), and Blue (Blue’s Royal Threat), Newton, Mississippi.”

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….

Jul 3, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Jillian Steinhauer

The Roberts Supreme Court’s Decision on Netchoice Was Righteous

The Roberts Supreme Court’s Decision on Netchoice Was Righteous The Roberts Supreme Court’s Decision on Netchoice Was Righteous

No, that is not a typo. Amid the deluge this week, Big Tech didn’t get what it wanted. And the court left open the possibility that we might get social media regulation right.

Jul 2, 2024 / Zephyr Teachout

Trump shakes doctor's hand

Donald Trump and “Doc” Ronny Jackson Are Hypocrites About Drugs and Dementia Donald Trump and “Doc” Ronny Jackson Are Hypocrites About Drugs and Dementia

The incoherent former president and his allegedly pill-pushing White House physician need to look in a mirror.

Jun 24, 2024 / Jeet Heer

I’ve Just Been Canceled For Talking about America’s Israel/Palestine Policy!

I’ve Just Been Canceled For Talking about America’s Israel/Palestine Policy! I’ve Just Been Canceled For Talking about America’s Israel/Palestine Policy!

This kind of penny-ante bullying reveals the intellectual bankruptcy of the pro-Israel cause.

Jun 21, 2024 / Jeet Heer

(L) Rupert Murdoch at his annual party at Spencer House in London on June 22, 2023, and (R) Jeff Bezos at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10, 2024.

Has Jeff Bezos Embraced the Rupert Murdoch Model of Leveraging Sleaze for Power? Has Jeff Bezos Embraced the Rupert Murdoch Model of Leveraging Sleaze for Power?

The Washington Post is now run by a master of squalid tabloid journalism. 

Jun 17, 2024 / Jeet Heer

People at a movie theater.

Hollywood’s Blockbuster Crisis Hollywood’s Blockbuster Crisis

On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Daniel Bessner discusses what corporate monopolies are doing to the dream factory.

Jun 9, 2024 / Jeet Heer

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