Books & the Arts

Richard Wright’s Lost Novel

In The Man Who Lived Underground, Wright offers a gothic tale of police violence and urban surrealism.

Elias Rodriques

Mike Gold, Avant-Garde Bard of Proletarian New York

A new biography charts Gold's many lives—as a novelist and journalist, as a working-class militant, and as a forerunner to the Beats.

J. Hoberman

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Quietly Bracing New Novel

How writing in Italian gave Lahiri a new sense of creative freedom.

Jennifer Wilson

From the Magazine

Joe From Scranton

Joe From Scranton

Since Biden has taken office, he has signed a wide array of legislation into law. But once the more immediate emergencies have passed, will he have the will and desire to enact a set of more radical and permanent policies? 

Kim Phillips-Fein
Pharoah Sanders’s Grand Return

Pharoah Sanders’s Grand Return

A new collaboration with electronic producer Floating Points has led to a modern-day masterpiece for the jazz master.

Marcus J. Moore
The Entwined History of Freedom and Racism

The Entwined History of Freedom and Racism

In White Freedom, historian Tyler Stovall examines how liberty for some has always entailed a lack of liberty for many others.  

Olúfémi O. Táíwò

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Literary Criticism

Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?

Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?

Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet is an experiment in novel writing that closely tracks and analyzes the news as it happens.

Rumaan Alam
Elena Ferrante’s Class Dramas

Elena Ferrante’s Class Dramas

Her latest novel, The Lying Life of Adults, mines the contradictions of class identity.

Jennifer Wilson
Kazuo Ishiguro at the End of the End of History

Kazuo Ishiguro at the End of the End of History

In his new novel Klara and the Sun, the British novelist offers us a narrative as much about our own world as about any imagined future.

Katie Fitzpatrick

History & Politics

The Future of Postcolonial Thought

The Future of Postcolonial Thought

A pair of books—one by Walter Mignolo and Catherine Walsh, another by Achille Mbembe—consider the unfulfilled promise of decolonization.

Arjun Appadurai
What Comes After Meritocracy?

What Comes After Meritocracy?

The long-standing focus by liberals on meritocratic advancement has isolated the working class.

Elizabeth Anderson
Ami Ayalon’s Political Journey

Ami Ayalon’s Political Journey

In Friendly Fire, the former Shin Bet director offers two narratives—one of the story that Israel tells the world, the other of the story Israel tries not to tell the world.

Raja Shehadeh

Politics

The Burning of the Château d’Eau at the Palais-Royal

The Untold History of Freedom

A new book charts the tension between individual and collective notions of liberty.
Tyler Stovall

One of the more contentious issues to emerge during America’s Covid-19 crisis concerns the wearing of face masks. Heralded by public health experts as a vital way to halt the spread of the disease, masks have also been attacked by conservatives as unwarranted restrictions on personal freedom. Donald Trump, who… Continue Reading >

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Television and Films

Michael Apted’s Flawed but Brilliant Epic of British Social Life

Michael Apted’s Flawed but Brilliant Epic of British Social Life

The Up series was meant to investigate inequities of British class. It also ended up telling a different story as well.

Susan Pedersen
<i>Judas and the Black Messiah</i>’s Stark Binaries

Judas and the Black Messiah’s Stark Binaries

A new biopic of Fred Hampton poses a question: Will a film ever capture the radical spirit of the Black Panthers?

Stephen Kearse
‘Minari’ Is a Landmark for Asian American Cinema

‘Minari’ Is a Landmark for Asian American Cinema

Lee Isaac Chung’s poignant immigrant drama is the kind of film that can be felt with all five senses. 

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

History

How Silicon Valley Broke the Economy

How Silicon Valley Broke the Economy

The question of how to fix the tech industry is now inseparable from the question of how to fix the system of capitalism that the late 20th century gave us.
Adrian Chen

One of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’s most audacious marketing triumphs is rarely mentioned in the paeans to his genius that remain a staple of business content farms. In 1982, Jobs offered to donate a computer to every K–12 school in America, provided Congress pass a bill giving Apple substantial tax… Continue Reading >

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