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How ‘Things’ In Fiction Shape the Way We Read
Sarah Wasserman’s recent book looks at how the objects we take for granted in stories can reveal even deeper meaning.
March 19, 2021
Celebrate Women’s Month Every Month
The future is feminist.
March 12, 2021
In the Vicinity of Genius
How a friendship with Glenn Gould created an unlikely cultural critic.
March 10, 2021
On Shame and Healing
The truths that lie beneath our loneliest year.
March 9, 2021
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.
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March 8, 2021
Why Do Humans Move?
A new history examines how migration has been the rule of history, not the exception.
March 5, 2021
Don’t Stop Thinking About (Tom) Tomorrow
Cartoonist Dan Perkins increasingly turns to the iconography of science fiction to keep pace with the absurdity of the moment.
February 25, 2021
The Resplendent Radicalism of Lawrence Ferlinghetti
What made Ferlinghetti so refreshing was his delight with each new generation’s readiness to challenge the status quo it had been handed.
February 23, 2021
What Comes After Meritocracy?
The long-standing focus by liberals on meritocratic advancement has isolated the working class.
February 17, 2021
‘What Does It Mean to Be Black and Alive Right Now?’
, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham preserve an archive and envision new worlds.