How can experimental fiction help to democratize storytelling?
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
When the Trump presidency ends, and the toll of years of toxicity and mismanagement becomes clear, we are going to need some guidance.
To understand Silicon Valley, first examine the stories it tells about itself; just like, to understand the Victorian age, first read writers like Dickens and Dreiser.
“Flagged for deportation, I was hurtled into my own little nightmare, an absurdist take on all the immigration tragedies raging across the world.”
Academics are scrambling to fulfill the increasingly bureaucratic research measures of the neoliberal university.
When looking at both art and life, we recognize patterns and then we learn what those patterns signify.
Neoliberalism offers individuals an illusion of control over their lives. But what happens when uncertainty intrudes?
The most interesting science fiction is not about the future at all but about the present.
Can a pragmatic approach to free speech on campus produce more inclusive, and more educational, institutions?
Paper was never simply a writing surface, but a complicated substance that folded itself into the fabric of culture and consciousness.
In a recent French novel, an ordinary woman inadvertently becomes a drug kingpin—and does so by learning to see anew Paris’s urban landscape.
Energy companies promise to “go green.” Yet they use the same forms of extractive capitalism that have destroyed the planet’s climate.
Disease has never been merely a biological phenomenon. Instead, all illnesses—including COVID-19—are social problems for humans to solve.
The Impossible™ burger does pollute less. But does this matter, in the face of capitalism’s continued control of the global food system?
Stanley Lieberson wrestled with the problem of causation throughout his prodigious research career, but nowhere more ingeniously than in A Matter of Taste.