Three recent poetry collections have cemented the rise of what we might call the “metalyrical”: poetry that interrogates the conditions of its own expression.
Why did Americans start distrusting small towns? The answer is one book, in which a woman moves from the city—and loses her freedom.
Today's neoliberalism emerged when US policymakers built New Deal–style projects abroad—for private gain rather than the public good.
What was happening in the streets of Iran—what one white feminist couldn’t see—was a revolution, looking for different freedoms than the West.
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?