Books & the Arts

What to Do About the Police?

Two new books examine the austerity policies and administrative overreach behind the expansion of local law enforcement.

E. Tammy Kim

Coming to Terms With Ezra Pound’s Politics

What is the relationship between Pound’s fascism and his poetry?

Evan Kindley

In Marx’s Republic

Did Capital offer us visions of freedom as well as domination?

Daniel Luban

From the Magazine

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

The Missed Opportunity of the Kerner Report

A new history recovers the forgotten legacy and radical implications of the Kerner Commission.

William P. Jones

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

History & Politics

Selma and the Unfulfilled Promise of Civil Rights

The city’s 20th-century history not only marked a high point in the civil-rights movement; it also captures why America needs more than sporadic intervention if it is to uproot the institutions of racism in this country.

Elias Rodriques

Life Among the Bundists

Through his family history, Mark Mazower maps the upheavals and dislocations of early 20th-century Europe and Russia.

Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Rise and Fall of Clintonism

What two recent books on Bill and Hillary tell us about the political and economic costs of the New Democrats.

Ryan Cooper
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Literary Criticism

Clarice Lispector’s Lifelong Project

At the core of Clarice Lispector’s works is the tension between language’s profound potential and its inability to reach the vital realm of the unspeakable.

Nathan Goldman

A Recognizable Dystopia

Leni Zumas’s Red Clocks suggests a different method for fashioning a dystopian novel.

Mike Mariani

Zadie Smith’s Dream City

In a moment when ideological surety is the order of the day, Feel Free asks us to remember that another mode of thought is possible.

Ismail Muhammad

Social Criticism

The Other Foucault

What led the French theorist of madness and sexuality to politics?
Bruce Robbins

At his death in 1984, Michel Foucault left a letter stating that he wanted no posthumous publication of his work. He should have known better: The hunger for further clarification and elaboration of the master’s positions would prove irresistible. So too has been the flow of posthumous publications, the most… Continue Reading >


Young Fathers Find a New Sound

The band’s sense of what would pass for fitting into the pop-music mainstream is draped in their own idiosyncrasies.

Briana Younger

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

Moby’s Muzak

His new album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, sounds teleported directly from 1999.

Bijan Stephen


The Ubiquitous Medium

Carissa Rodriguez’s work leads viewers to scrutinize our choices and values as they relate to video—to recording and being recorded.
Larissa Pham

Much of the world’s art is inaccessible to “ordinary” people. For every piece on display in a museum, a hundred others are hidden in vaults. A recent survey of major museums found that most of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings are in storage and that, of 53 Egon Schiele drawings, none are… Continue Reading >


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