For Frederick Douglass, and for Black activists across the United States, there was no place more important to global Black freedom than Haiti.
Haiti truly manifested the principles of liberty, but international resistance and racism have worked for 220 years to undermine its sovereignty.
Not the United States, Great Britain, France, or any other enslaver deserves credit for ending slavery. Atlantic abolition began with Haiti.
"When you call a book 'autofiction,' you released yourself from the responsibility of actually looking at what the book is doing."
On October 31, 2023, the British Library suffered a massive cyberattack. Since then, what has been lost?
"The Exorcist" begins by excoriating women’s liberation and its potential dangers. But it veers into a brutal, unflinching look at domestic violence, unlike in any other film before.
"I do not think bookselling is an art. I think it is a job."
“Women and children in Western history could and did find in witchcraft relief from the violence they endured in their own families.”
“As I continued to wander its world, I began to realize Tears of the Kingdom marks a new achievement in art itself.”
“I had read Groff all wrong, subjecting her to a sexist and dismissive logic.”
"I wanted to make nature a source of conflict, but also a source of joy and beauty and wonder and delight."
“The Alien movies model how patriarchal culture distracts people from capitalism’s parasitism by designating women as the real threat.”
In Spain, the Catholic Church tries to erase the era of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula called al-Andalus. Two authors problematize the church's efforts.
“We are obliged to acknowledge what we see and how we organize what we see.”
“Reading occupies a strange position in today’s world, being at once physiologically unnecessary and culturally central.”
Those excluded from the publishing industry can ultimately overwhelm its bigotry—if they all work together.
Have we who study Indigenous languages only succeeded in making things worse? And if this has happened, is there any way out?
“Seven Moons” makes space for the cacophony of ghostly voices of those killed and disappeared in Sri Lanka's long civil war.
“If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, “Their oil would become tears.”
“On the roadside, in homes, or at the marketplaces, Haitian women studied women’s history, culture, and politics—all without formal education.”