For the righting of historical wrongs, to simply transfer property continues to perpetuate violence. True reparations require far more work.
The secret of the Western—as Jane Campion’s “Power of the Dog” shows—is that its mythology nurtures a queer fantasy, hiding in plain sight.
If queer today often looks rather like heteronormativity’s “sick and boring life,” how can we cultivate queerer worlds, or other possibilities?
Unlike us today, the Victorians who discovered this stone forest were less afraid of the future than they were of forgetting the past.
A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
Violence underlies the whimsical colonizing of an island in “Animal Crossing.” But perhaps it holds promise for political repair, too.
The US Religious Right wins elections, but advances nationalism and white supremacy. Why, then, should the Religious Left seek to emulate them?
“I have an appetite for silence,” Emily Dickinson wrote, for “silence is infinity.” But are women today relishing in their solitude?
Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
Tom McCarthy hasn’t evaded the literary brand: if you continually say nothing, “saying nothing” becomes what you, the novelist, say.
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
Teach the history of colonization and decolonization—for this is the best antidote to the venom of exclusion and racism that threatens France.
Design can lift some communities. But it can also subject others to live precariously, often at the same time.
COVID-19 highlights how the global order is built on, and excels in, closing the path of migrants unjustly.
The family portrait is part of the immigrant tradition. An establishing shot for family history, they remind us of who we come from, who we love.
Empathy will not close the refugee camps, nor will it aid refugees. So what will?
How can migrants speak? And what can listening to them reveal about the system of national sovereignty, the persistence of legal exclusion, and the longing for home?
“Few libraries list it among their holdings, and sometimes I have wondered if the book in my possession actually exists.”
Amid this turbulent present, can poetry call attention to creative forms of survival and persistence, human and nonhuman?