Cover art by: Hale Woodruff’s mural Mutiny on the Amistad (1939), courtesy of Talladega College, Alabama
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The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.
The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.
An alliance is born between anti-gay, anti-abortion American groups and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.
Updating the Fourth Amendment has been done before, to address the invention of cars, phones and GPS. It’s time to do it again.
Wild Republican accusations have been debunked—but still they continue.
The returning William Bratton should recognize that the notorious policy has exacerbated discrimination, not improved safety.
Treme is an understated and deeply melancholic patchwork of American stubbornness.
How was Emily Dickinson able to be frugal and fruitful in her art?
The teenpop of the teens has proved discomfiting, like the dead brought back to life.
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past
Don’t follow the money… a Nation memory… Twitterverse?… Hannah and her misters…
And don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.