Tuesday, August 25 2015
Scholar Jason C. Bivins thinks through more difficult aspects of the relationships between jazz and American religions, while at the same time examining the permeability of both.
Friday, August 21 2015
Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?
Thursday, August 6 2015
America claimed the atomic bomb ended World War II and saved American lives. Journalist and historian Paul Ham calls that “a pack of lies”.
Thursday, July 23 2015
As a compendium of inventive thought and prose, The Familiar, Vol. 1 succeeds. As a coherent novel, it's impenetrable.
Wednesday, July 15 2015
An examination of internalized fears, The Last of Philip Banter explores the social culture of the working-class through a careful dissection of mental illness.
Tuesday, June 30 2015
Sex and Unisex, a history of fashion trends offers insight into changing notions of gender – and raises the possibility that the concept has outlived its usefulness.
Friday, June 5 2015
Novelist and poet Catherine Lim, the most persistent critic of Singapore's government, talks candidly about her new memoir, the half-century anniversary of the city-state, and the death of founder Lee Kuan Yew.
Tuesday, June 2 2015
Wendy Brown charts the ‘stealth revolution’ that’s transforming every aspect of society -- and now has democracy in its sights.
Thursday, May 21 2015
An electrifying story of deadly obsessions and poisonous pedagogy, Pin captures perfectly the dread and unease of '80s American suburbia.
Tuesday, May 19 2015
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things confronts the interrelation between subversive trolls and mainstream ideas, and opens up conversations about post-internet politics, activism, and human relationships.
Monday, May 18 2015
Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.
Wednesday, May 13 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Like a cover letter, the epigraph must take me to the textual meat without giving me reason to discard the sandwich altogether.
Monday, April 13 2015
A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.
Thursday, April 9 2015
We have here the post-apocalyptic wanderer, able to go anywhere because there’s nowhere he belongs.
Wednesday, March 25 2015
Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Guy Kawasaki defines “good stuff” to post online, and how to really get more followers. (Hint: don’t pay for them!)
Wednesday, March 11 2015
Gay Berlin reveals a vibrant gay rights movement that flourished in Germany a hundred years before Stonewall.
Wednesday, March 4 2015
Akashic Noir series continues to serve up delightful and disturbing gems that offer remarkable insights into the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities.
Monday, March 2 2015
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.