Mr. President shows widespread corruption around a fictional Guatemalan dictator. This did not please the country’s real dictators.
Filming the Deep: Margaret Cohen on Underwater Film Technologies
"The book is about the importance of film for enabling audiences to connect to the most remote environment on the planet."
What Films Should We Teach?: A conversation about the Canon
What are the most-assigned films in college classrooms? Three film studies professors talk about the rankings and what they mean.
More Than Hearts and Minds?
Armageddon Time is undercut by the very forces it hopes to expose: white complicity, forged through the exploitation of Black life.
“There’s No Normal to Get Back To”: The State of Higher Ed
"Maybe that’s one thing the pandemic has allowed—for us to be a bit more honest about our struggles."
Natalia Molina on “A Place at the Nayarit”
Writing Latinos is a new podcast featuring interviews with Latino authors discussing their books and how their writing contributes to the ever-changing conversation about the meanings of latinidad.
Protesters of the World, Unite
Individual protests, like those in Hong Kong, may be defeated. But the global protest movement is only beginning.
Cracks in the Louvre Abu Dhabi
The museum has made its splash, but if it wants to be more than a work of starchitecture, it requires deeper collections and bolder curatorial vision.
“Maybe it wasn’t a Narrative at All”: Three Poetry Collections
The best poets tend to trouble conventions, including those they find necessary.
“Throughout Franzen’s life in public, he has figured himself as embattled, enemy-beset.”
“There Are More Things”: Benjamín Labatut on Betrayal, Fiction, and the Future
“If I’m honest, I never came back to Chile, at least not to the country of my early childhood, an inferno in which I was happy.”
Tender Gossip: Darryl Pinckney’s “Come Back in September”
Is there a writing life than can safely dispense with categories like identity and commitment, which count so much in how we live now?
Death in Mexico Means Something Different Now
Mexico once cultivated a “special relationship” with death. But cultural globalization and rising violence is weakening that bond.
On Our Nightstands: February 2023
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
“I Speak Only for Myself”: Anahid Nersessian on Keats, Feminism, and Poetry
"One of the things that is interesting about Keats' letters to Fanny Brawne is that you can't infer a damn thing that’s happened between them."
Armenia: Another Century, Another Genocide?
From the start of Armenia’s independence in 1991, Turkey took a hostile position toward its erstwhile victim of genocide. That hostility remains.
Armenia and Azerbaijan: That Other War
The radical simplifications that flow from nationalism shrink the possibilities to understand the other.
Now the Humanities Can Disrupt “AI”
The world’s humanists might just be the new MVPs in the struggle for the future of critical thinking.
Morrison and Davis: Radicalizing Autobiography
Don’t question Angela Davis’ manuscript, Toni Morrison warned her publishing colleagues. Davis was not “Jane Fonda” but, rather, “Jean d’Arc.”
Leon Forrest: “Make a Way Out of No Way”
"He regarded with skepticism and clarity the temptations to make racial identity the foundation of our humanity."