Economic systems are like ecosystems. In America, capitalism may be the dominant species. But other species exist there, too.
Television responded to our cultural—and planetary—existential crisis with The Good Place.
Departing from a fixed form, some Latin American writers employed the short story as a laboratory of writing.
I’m just wary of the tendency to glorify revolutionary violence and masculinity.
The American Dream of private home ownership has fueled a system that preys on Black people for profit.
Digital health is solidifying the divide between those whose health is valued and those whose health is ignored.
We must reimagine our algorithmic systems as responsible innovations that serve to support liberatory and just societies.
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.
Paul Theroux’s On the Plain of Snakes is the richest portrayal of contemporary Mexico available to Americans, and an urgent one.
If he had to write The Black Jacobins again, C. L. R. James “would only give Toussaint [Louverture] a walk-on part.”
As large spaces where different sectors of the city converge, stadiums are sites of social and political struggle.
The Public Books Database is collecting the resources being offered for free by academic presses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Obsession is one of the hallmarks of love in Indian cinema: specifically, a love that breaks down borders.
Strangers share a 1932 train ride from Belgium to Istanbul, a journey that reveals the dark changes already sweeping the continent.
When we mythologize the ’60s, we lose sight of what’s truly ahead of us.
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
Heinrich von Kleist teaches how to resist heteronormativity, as well as how to imagine gender fluidity and a less restrictive masculinity.
In The Babadook and The Need, the introduction of a monster amplifies preexisting anxieties, rather than generating fresh ones.
Ruth embodied a new and yet very old phenomenon—celebrity—in a technological era poised to capitalize on him.
Early manifestos honored a high-stakes feminist anger that swept through the writing. It burns and simmers even today.