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Joe Manchin Is Reviving Harmful Myths About Poverty

The Democratic Party has finally recognized that income inequality, not “dependency,” is what’s harming families. But Manchin is still pushing that 1990s-era belief.

Joan Walsh

Cultural Criticism and Analysis

The Strange State of the Novel in the “Age of Amazon”

A conversation with Mark McGurl about how the company changed the way books are written and the consequences of a service oriented reading culture.

Hannah Gold

In Minneapolis, the Movement Heads for the Voting Booth

In the city's first municipal election since the murder of George Floyd, activists and organizers are on ballot—and so is the future of the police department.

Eamon Whalen
Social Justice

The Resistance Has Come Too Far to Stop Now

With the fight for Build Back Better raging, this is no time to shrink from the political fray.

Katha Pollitt
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The Department of Justice Is Letting the Coup Plotters Get Away

The Department of Justice Is Letting the Coup Plotters Get Away

While Congress is investigating the events of January 6, why isn’t the DOJ doing the same—and more?

Elie Mystal
Planned Parenthood volunteers canvass for Democratic candidates in Virginia

These Two Virginia Democratic Women Have a Real Shot at Flipping GOP Seats

Although the national narrative is “Virginia Dems are in disarray,” there are some bright spots for progressives.

Joan Walsh
Conor Lamb and Joe Manchin

Conor Lamb Is a Centrist in Sheep’s Clothing

In spite of branding himself as a true-blue Democrat, the Pennsylvania representative has allied himself with Joe Manchin, voted with Republicans, and taken money from the fossil fuel industry.

Aída Chávez



Jean-Luc Mélenchon Welcomes the Animosity

The “divisive” MP says he’s the best candidate to prevent France’s rightward lurch.

Cole Stangler
The Short, Quixotic History of North Korean Internationalism

The Short, Quixotic History of North Korean Internationalism

Benjamin R. Young’s Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader explores how the country turned to isolationism after a failed influence campaign in the mid 20th century.

Brian Ng
Central American migrant caravan

How Climate Change and Gang Violence Intersect in Honduras

As climate impacts worsen in this struggling country, migration increases and that puts many in danger of gang violence.

Mark Scialla


“Squid Game”’s Capitalist Parables

“Squid Game”’s Capitalist Parables

Netflix’s breakout series depicts a world of violent and macabre individualism and desperation.

E. Tammy Kim
How the Hell Do We Fix the Creative Writing Workshop?

How the Hell Do We Fix the Creative Writing Workshop?

Matthew Salesses’s Craft in the Real World proposes a new way to educate young writers without the baggage of the often biased and bland MFA pedagogy.

Jennifer Schaffer
A family watches the solar eclipse in Germany, 1999.

Richard Powers’s Radical Parenting Lessons

His new novel Bewilderment examines the challenges of raising a child in a slowly dying world.

Joshua Adams

Watch and Listen

Listen: Why the Knicks of the ’90s Are a Timeless Team

Author Paul Knepper explains why that classic lineup remains an obsession for so many.

October 26, 2021

Listen: I Spent a Pandemic Behind a Grocery Store Cash Register

Listen to this full episode of Going for Broke With Ray Suarez

October 25, 2021

Listen: A Veteran Journalist Finds Himself the Center of the Story 

Listen to this full episode of Going for Broke with Ray Suarez.

October 18, 2021