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Reader of the Month: Alps

Happy #Caturday! Alps, friend of Public Books, ponders life in #GayBerlin. #RobertBeachy @bravohotelpapa @aaknopf A photo posted by Public Books (@publicbooksdotorg) on Sep 17, 2016 at 9:40am PDT

Reader of the Month: Winona

Happy #blackcatappreciationday ! Winona, friend of Public Books, is celebrating today with her 3 all-time favorite books. #animalliberation #whenspeciesmeet #menexplainthingstome A photo posted by ...

Rio, Capital of Disaster Capitalism

The Olympic rings loom large over Rio de Janeiro. Seven years after the city won its bid to host the games, the impending two-week extravaganza has swept changes across the Marvelous City, as Rio is ...

The Best and Worst Roald Dahl Adaptations

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG opened earlier this month, to mixed reviews and a box office neither big nor friendly. Now seems like a good time to take stock of the various ...

Against Careerism, For College

Having just seen a new crop of students graduate from my university, and seeing them now off into the world—to jobs, internships, and further study—I find myself thinking about what college is for ...

Trump Syllabus 2.0

On June 19th, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a web version of a mock college syllabus that sought to explore the deep historical and political roots of Donald Trump’s political success ...

A Sit-In in the House of Representatives

I was fortunate enough, as an intern this summer for Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), to witness last week’s historic sit-in by Democrats on the House floor. I was at a hearing of the House Armed Services ...

Rick Moody Annotates David Bowie

In light of the passing of David Bowie, we asked Rick Moody, who’s written extensively on Bowie, to annotate the lyrics of “Joe the Lion.” Click the highlighted words to see his notes.     ...

Wolves at the Door?

In the past month we’ve seen two different versions of the same phobic imaginative scenario. In it, a precious and vulnerable space, a space that must be protected, is invaded by an imposter, one in ...