“While ungovernability takes many paths, here it approximates living in and as refusal.”
Félix Darfour accused the post-independence Haitian republic with corruption. He lost his life for it.
Recent calls to bring back asylums suggest that confinement can be benevolent, even rehabilitative—but, in reality, “a prison is a prison is a prison.”
“The survival of the world depends on the gendered work of subsistence and reproduction, carried out predominantly by women in the global South.”
How do current social and political arrangements limit our opportunities for feeling better?
“To recognize the existence of injuries requires the recognition of others and their dignity.”
Women invented cyberspace. Yet today’s internet rewards misogyny with fame, wealth, and power. Could it be otherwise?
To ask what kind of city Los Angeles is today is, also, to wonder what kind of city it could be tomorrow.
“You cannot divorce domestic empire from international empire. Those histories created one another.”
Public Books and the Sydney Review of Books have partnered to exchange a series of articles with international concerns.
Is it ever possible to reconcile clashing visions of national memory?
“I’m very skeptical about the ability of people in positions of power and privilege—including intellectuals—to name truths about the world.”
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
“There are a lot of basic things that America has still not accepted in terms of how to live a happy urban life.”
“For good or ill, freedom and solidarity and social justice are not things we can get quickly.”
Writing Latinos, from Public Books, features interviews with Latino (a/x/e) authors discussing their books and how their writing contributes to the ever-changing conversation about the meanings of ...
The 1990s are usually seen as a moment of tranquility. Cold War won, business booming, history at an end. Nothing could be further from the truth.
2022 was the deadliest year on record for Mexican journalists. And this, in turn, portends dark days for journalists the world over.
Wishing to end poverty “wherever it existed,” LBJ acted not with government aid, but with a non-profit. The results have been catastrophic.
Mr. President shows widespread corruption around a fictional Guatemalan dictator. This did not please the country’s real dictators.