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July 12, 2021
Why We Need a New Federal Writers’ Project
The Depression-era Federal Writers’ Project created jobs, fought disinformation, and gave voice to the voiceless. We need all of the above now more than ever.
May 20, 2021
Did ‘Cancel Culture’ Drive Richard Wright Underground?
On “Memories of My Grandmother” and
The Man Who Lived Underground.
Joseph G. Ramsey
May 5, 2021
Hello, Poetry, You ‘Lamenting Pleasure’
Reading poetry over the phone, David Ferry and loved ones find an antidote to loneliness.
Elizabeth Emma Ferry
December 2, 2020
9 Months Into Touch-Free Living, What Shall We Birth?
“Thanks Forgiving,” a poem.
June 24, 2020
A Lesbian Archive Sends Its Love Letter: Find History, Find Yourself
Scenes from a pandemic: 13
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October 12, 2018
How Latin Got Woke
Latin has long been the domain of dead white men. Today, a new cadre of scholars is trying to take it back.
Lisa De Bode
October 6, 2018
Nate Chinen’s Daring New History of Modern Jazz
Nate Chinen’s new book confronts the contemporary jazz moment with clarity and authority.
September 18, 2018
Want to Defend Democracy? Start With Your Public Library.
Public libraries are critical within the public sphere and, when fully supported, represent the best of government at work.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
May 25, 2018
Finding a Way Back Home
The many Philip Roths.
March 9, 2018
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Kenyan author discusses colonialism and abandoning English to write in his native Kikuyu.