A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
"I really liked Cardi B’s 'WAP.' It reminded me of one of the earliest poems written in history."
Historical traces of racism and exclusion remain on the island. It’s just that new residents can’t—or won’t—read them.
Energy sources shape, rather than simply serve, our social and cultural imaginaries. Recognizing this poses a different set of challenges for how we might contend with our current planetary emergency.
When prospective home buyers hire a real estate agent, they may end up getting more than they had pictured themselves bargaining for.
Latin America shows how hard it is for states dependent on oil and gas—that is, practically the whole world—to break with fossil fuel capitalism.
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
Each May we send our readers into summer with a curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past year (or so).
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
Ten years ago today, Spain’s “15M” movement burst on the scene. In short order, everything changed. Or has it?
"I see disadvantaged defendants’ cultivated expertise as accurate, even though it is often invalidated and punished."
Confronting painful pasts gives society an opportunity to change. This is why those invested in the amnesiac status quo fight against memory.
In 20 years, Congress has never passed the DREAM Act. What has been lost in chasing this legislation’s narrow dreams?
By France’s twisted logic, acknowledging race equals attacking the Republic.
In Nazi Europe, countless books were banned. So those who saved books—whether university archivists or Jewish scholars—became smugglers.
When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
Students must choose to do the work that will facilitate learning, so teachers must give them reasons to make that choice, again and again.
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
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?