A South Korean novel critiques violent misogyny within a literature department. Remarkably, it does so by addressing the reader directly.
“To recognize the existence of injuries requires the recognition of others and their dignity.”
“There are a lot of basic things that America has still not accepted in terms of how to live a happy urban life.”
Where do working-class women who are literary and experimental find, first, their models, and next, their readership?
“The first thing he said is, ‘Don't call me Mr. Baldwin. My name is Jimmy.’ I thought, this is ridiculous, at the very least he's James.”
Does Netflix’s “Lupin” resist the notoriously white milieu of European high culture, or, instead, endorse it?
The artist comes as a class outsider to the factory, marveling at the complexity of its machinery and the dexterity and dangers of manual labor.
Ann Quin is, above all, a self-aware writer, with an ironic understanding of the limits of symbolic expression, who was nevertheless prepared to test those limits.
Landlords’, bosses’ and schools’ intrusion of surveillance technologies into the home extends the carceral state into domestic space.
Netflix Brazil’s 3% presents a desperate future city that nevertheless proclaims its citizens all have an equal shot at success. Sound familiar?
Outside elite institutions, queer studies has the potential to go hand in hand with broader struggles of racial and economic justice.
“A relentless assault on received orthodoxies has the effect of making you unpopular with the people for whom those received orthodoxies are orthodox.”
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
A child’s novel can be funny by revealing how much a child does know, after all.
“We have to build against the legacy of inequality. Intentionally. We have to build our values into our design practices.”
Bong Joon-ho’s critique in Parasite is less of “universal” capitalism than of the particular imperialisms that have shaped Korean life.
A philosopher examines how upwardly mobile students might thrive, and why they often will not.
Imagining home is an inescapable preoccupation of disinherited people. Of all the possessions lost or denied, none is more precious than the security and feeling of belonging that a genuine home ...
Ryder, the world-renowned pianist whose brief visit to an unnamed foreign city occupies the full 512 pages of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1995 The Unconsoled, finds ...
Sitting atop a police car beneath an oversized American flag, Kendrick Lamar opened the 2015 BET awards with his single “Alright.” “We hate the po-po ...