By making familiar objects strange, two new books of poetry reveal the limits of overly simple critique.
Everyone knows that feeling when a song—written by someone else in some other place or time—sees you so completely in the present. But how does that happen?
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
The documentary "Paris Is Burning" obscured the ordinary lives of queer people of color, but new footage reveals how the film could have been different.
A child’s novel can be funny by revealing how much a child does know, after all.
A defaced family photograph—with an ancestor cut out—reveals to Ferrante’s new protagonist how women are erased by the words and deeds of men.
With so many crises—environmental, humanitarian, racial, viral, and economic—the work of “critique” can seem to be a luxury. But is it?
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
In lockdown, one shop asked for people to submit comics of “a utopian world after we survive this moment.” Hundreds around the world answered.
At the largest bazaar in Central Asia, an informal secondhand market has become something like a metropolis unto itself.
“There’s a passage early on in Book 2 that’s so smug, so macho (in a literary way), that’s so—ugh! I can’t explain it.”
The lockdown had terrible consequences on India’s informal economy, and will deepen the socioeconomic inequalities that divide the country.
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.
House-hunting and home-improvement TV shows are premised on the settler fantasy of property ownership—and that fantasy’s relationship to whiteness.
Both left and right employ “speculative nonfiction” to imagine the world after climate change. But who will win the battle of the futurists?
Women writing about women spies who are, themselves, writing. What’s next for women’s espionage writing?
Covid-19 spread so rapidly because urbanization is now planetary: connecting disparate territories through flows of goods and people.
It doesn’t matter if they are innocent parents or 9/11 heroes: undocumented Americans have been villainized and brutalized by the United States.
When freedom will not arrive to us, can we get nearer to it?
Six months ago, the impeachment of President Trump failed. The fault doesn’t lie with Congress, but, instead, with the Constitution.