If you play a videogame and you avoided or never met a particular queer character, did they exist in the game for you?
Editor: Richard Jean So
America’s premier literary magazine promises to offer a cosmopolitan view of the world beyond New York City. Does it deliver?
There has long been a fear that media only makes room for one Black writer at a time. But that’s always been difficult to prove—until now.
A fundamental truth about bestseller lists? They are not a neutral window into what the public is really reading.
What kind of world does Spotify—through its algorithmic sorting of millions of users’ desires, through our aggregated listening—produce for us to hear?
People who use audiobooks are expanding what reading is and can be. But they are also incentivizing publishers to change, in unexpected ways.
Industry is already using data to remake culture. To reverse the tide—to make culture more equitable—we need to decode that data for ourselves.
We talk of “making discoveries” as if forming them out of clay. Yet, for Samuel Johnson, discovery is an action rather than an object.
The humanities have a replication crisis of monumental proportions: so many theories have never been adequately tested or validated.
What words politicians say matters. But which words they use is often the result not of individual choices, but of collective action over years.
Machines learned racism from humans. Perhaps humans can now learn about that racism from the very machines they taught.
In responding to COVID, how should research libraries use the opportunity to tackle the ongoing crisis of postcoloniality?
Nobody knows what will be useful in the future. And this is why we so often find humanistic activities in the seeds and roots of STEM.
What will our children remember of this time, when their play and freedom are confined—or freed—by the digital?
“Why read and write about literature while the world burns?” Because, in working to end the oppression faced by so many, the humanities can help.
Despite welcome diversification, literary culture is also becoming more tied to elite educational institutions, and more difficult to enter.
The Anthropocene has long been discussed in terms of hard science. What do the humanities have to teach about this human age?
While most American fiction focuses on national concerns, its high-end, prize-winning fiction looks around the globe. Why the divide?
If Cloud Atlas is any guide, one of the best ways to sound like a bygone novelist is to make your narrator sound like a racist.
Digitizing works of fiction by Black writers catalyzes history, so that it can build new futures.