Each year around this time we send our readers into summer with a thoughtfully curated list of the titles appearing over the past 12 months that dazzled, moved, and challenged us most.
The promise of a diverse university and a just world is too precious to give up on.
The summer I turned 17, in the springboard pause between high school and university, I began working as a nurse aide in the geriatric rest home and hospital run by my mother.
Unless inequality and segregation are broken, wealthy white communities can always abandon everyone else.
Policing the borders of the Spanish language was a tool of religious and racial discrimination. Yet Spanish is not inherently imperial.
Does viewing Emily Dickinson as unusual actually help us understand the poet or her work better?
While today’s female-friendship narratives celebrate the central bond, they are mainly about the art of breaking up.
What does it mean for a city to be free? What happens when a free city loses its freedom? And when does that occur?
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
If television is giving you something right now, what might it be telling you about what you need?
“What I wanted was a piece of land which I could love passionately, which I could spend the rest of my life in cultivating.”
In the parts of the city left behind is a Jakarta free from the globalized sameness of so many of the world’s megacities.
How do black feminist artists negotiate their own work in the wake of commercial success beyond contemporary poetry’s wildest dreams?
Big data shows that those fighting eviction today need not be constrained by today’s ideas or laws of property.
Even though most professors are forced to value research over teaching, many are excellent teachers. It’s time to honor that skill.
Storytelling about the European Union tends to be done by those aggressively disinterested in its survival. Isn’t that a problem?
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
A philosopher examines how upwardly mobile students might thrive, and why they often will not.
Stories—with video!—of some of the most memorable, gut-wrenching, or downright remarkable moments in sports history over the past 40 years.
What distinguishes the American from the European intellectual? Does that matter?