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.
"What we needed was wisdom and clarity. What we got was chaos and confusion."
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.
“Rather than thinking of creative arts and sciences as ‘two cultures,’ we should realize that they’re running on parallel tracks.”
“In terms of the machine learning programs or robots that we have now, I basically think of them as being comparable to thermostats.”
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.’”
“While ungovernability takes many paths, here it approximates living in and as refusal.”
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?
“An author’s photo is more appealing to the consumer than the publisher’s colophon.”
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?