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Cultural Criticism and Analysis
Cultural Criticism and Analysis news and analysis from The Nation
July 14, 2021
Shulamith Firestone Wanted to Abolish Nature—We Should, Too
Revisiting her brilliant, irritable, deeply flawed manifesto in the pandemic.
July 8, 2021
‘What Would It Mean to Think That Thought?’: The Era of Lauren Berlant
Four writers on the legacy of Berlant’s thinking both in the academy and in public life.
Ajay Singh Chaudhary
June 25, 2021
Analysis Interminable: On Janet Malcolm
The insight and rigor of her writing changed the way we understood the work of psychoanalysis.
June 22, 2021
Janet Malcolm’s Provocations
Her writing cut through propriety and pretentiousness and revealed us for who we are: desiring creatures, complicated and simple at once.
June 18, 2021
Un-Critical Race Theory
What if CRT’s conservative critics actually got what they want?
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June 15, 2021
Joan Didion’s Long View
Her new essay collection,
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
, captures what about her writing feels at once seductive and illusory.
June 14, 2021
Remembering the Pulse Massacre
On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 and wounded 53 people, during “Latin Night” at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fl.
June 10, 2021
The Unwritten History of Black Performance
Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib’s new book undertakes an ambitious task: contextualizing the scope and scale of a people’s cultural expression.
June 1, 2021
Letters From the June 14/21, 2021, Issue
You don’t say… Facts and fairness… World citizens… The revolutionary spirit… A survivor speaks (web only)…
May 27, 2021
The History of Publishing Is a History of Racial Inequality
A conversation with Richard Jean So about combining data and literary analysis to understand how the publishing industry came to be dominated by white writers.