When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
Apps like Uber benefit from making their workers strangers to one another. So what happens when workers start caring for one another?
For poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, as for the Black Romantics, history is the repetition of anti-Black violence that has yet to be abolished.
Novelists from George Eliot to Mary Gordon ask readers to confront our lives as ethical dramas that run only once, and with great consequence.
While some progress has been made, TV is still trying to figure out how to tell the stories of male-identified rape survivors.
Students must choose to do the work that will facilitate learning, so teachers must give them reasons to make that choice, again and again.
In their writings, Kafka, Roth, and Kraus rejected the ideology of rootedness that was rapidly encroaching upon early 20th-century European consciousness.
Originally used to decipher the 1950s nuclear stalemate, the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” might reveal how resources are unfairly distributed today.
What happens when we dismantle the monumental status of a figure like Shakespeare in the canon? What other voices rise to describe the world?
Hazzard was given to lingering in the fraught silences that follow great tumult, taking the time to find something worth saying.
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Once, abolitionists had to imagine a world without slavery. Can we similarly envision a world where migrants are offered justice?
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
What might the dynamic of mental life look like when its physiological counterpart is ill, bedridden, and housebound?
As technologies of quantification and video capture grow more sophisticated, is baseball changing? Do those changes have moral implications?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
Caribbean authors—and the “disorderly” women of whom they write—can reveal how important it is to seek out one’s true self.
The United States tears families apart—during slavery, in the wars against indigenous people and the war on drugs, and, today, at the border.
We don’t judge books by their covers, but we do sort people based on which academic presses match their personality types.