In the physical space of HOWL, a feminist and separatist living community, discussion of feminist ideas takes on urgency when confronted with the immediate practicalities of daily living.
This edition of Shoptalk asks: Can you guess which of the following was overheard at ASA 2023 and which was overheard at MLA 2024?
Don’t plan to make individuals retrain for new jobs. Instead, build a society that upholds the lives of everyone.
The keys to surfing—wetsuits, surf forecasting, and surfboard manufacturing—emerged from Southern California’s military-industrial complex.
Remarkably, the acts of laughing and crying reveal there are no givens for individual behavior nor blueprints for human society.
A South Korean novel critiques violent misogyny within a literature department. Remarkably, it does so by addressing the reader directly.
For the writers Annie Ernaux and Hilary Plum, a paradox emerges with each new book: writing attempts “carry to completion” something lived, but also changes the original experience.
Some video games can evoke complex emotions, activate a voice, and cultivate a political imagination—like the best poetry.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center describes The Camp of the Saints as ‘the favorite racist fantasy of the anti-immigrant movement in the US.’”
Celine Song’s "Past Lives" challenges the typical message of primal connection offered by most romance films, instead suggesting that they can never be separated from the real and material conditions of our existence.
South Korean media excels at the revenge plot. Here are seven shows you can stream right now to get your fix.
What were the books of 2023 that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us?
Playbills, programs, tickets: such physical documents are no longer part of seeing a show on Broadway. Does it matter?
The theatre is where we go to remind ourselves that we are all dying together, and to live better for it.
How was a self-proclaimed Black nation to define its role in an Atlantic world deeply entwined with enslaved Black labor?
Félix Darfour accused the post-independence Haitian republic with corruption. He lost his life for it.
The language and culture of Kreyòl, as well as the Vodou religion, reveal a vision of Haitian sovereignty on behalf of those formerly enslaved.
After winning independence, the West rushed to teach Haiti a lesson so that their revolutionary experience would not recur on the continent. Haiti suffers the repercussions of such attacks to this day.
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.