“Women and children in Western history could and did find in witchcraft relief from the violence they endured in their own families.”
“As I continued to wander its world, I began to realize Tears of the Kingdom marks a new achievement in art itself.”
“I had read Groff all wrong, subjecting her to a sexist and dismissive logic.”
“The Alien movies model how patriarchal culture distracts people from capitalism’s parasitism by designating women as the real threat.”
In Spain, the Catholic Church tries to erase the era of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula called al-Andalus. Two authors problematize the church's efforts.
“We are obliged to acknowledge what we see and how we organize what we see.”
“Reading occupies a strange position in today’s world, being at once physiologically unnecessary and culturally central.”
Those excluded from the publishing industry can ultimately overwhelm its bigotry—if they all work together.
Have we who study Indigenous languages only succeeded in making things worse? And if this has happened, is there any way out?
“If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, “Their oil would become tears.”
“On the roadside, in homes, or at the marketplaces, Haitian women studied women’s history, culture, and politics—all without formal education.”
“The human capacity for oxymoronic optimism will literally take your breath away if you’re among the millions living downwind from the dumps.”
For its scale and internal complexity alone, the literary genre of “romance” warrants more study than it has received.
The most tweeted about show of the decade, “Euphoria” provoked viewers to gossip about its teenage characters. What did they say?
The videos of TikToks can easily reach billions. But because the app won’t share what’s popular, we don’t know just what the world is watching.
“We can ask why Squid Game was so popular. But really we should be asking how any show becomes a global success at all.”
We may never know what goes on in the rooms where literary prizes are decided, but thanks to data, we know exactly who was there.
Recent calls to bring back asylums suggest that confinement can be benevolent, even rehabilitative—but, in reality, “a prison is a prison is a prison.”
Tech titans gained power and wealth from the accumulation of data, but that doesn’t mean they are equipped to be long-term stewards of personal and collective memories.
Throughout his life, poet Muin Bseiso narrated the history of Palestinian struggle and criticized Western portrayals of Gaza. Today, Bseiso’s son dodges Israeli bombs to preserve his archives.