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The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

In adapting the alternative history The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins and his crew made cinema – a medium with origins in white supremacy – work for them.

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

With its deft layering of words, its samples, and how it articulates sound, Questlove’s Hip-Hop Is History is like De La Soul’s excellent album 3 Feet High and Rising.

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

In her dance history book The Swans of Harlem, author Karen Valby structures a magnificent, wide-ranging, complex narrative that’s both engaging and emotional.

‘Nothing But a Man’ Is an Unflinching Drama of Marriage and Racism

‘Nothing But a Man’ Is an Unflinching Drama of Marriage and Racism

Nothing But a Man is about battling discrimination on an uneven playing field but also about tenaciously preserving friendships and families.

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

Robyn Hitchcock’s memoir 1967 taps into the music high that untethered the restraints of boarding school and shaped his life and music for eternity.

The Eerie Beauty in Horror Film ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

The Eerie Beauty in Horror Film ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

With horror film I Saw the TV Glow, Jane Schoenbrun creates an eerie, emotional journey into the intersection of identity and popular culture. 

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

With Unsuitable, lesbian fashion historian Eleanor Medhurst stitches fashion, gender, and sexuality into a perfectly tailored, comprehensive and inclusive book.

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

Shake It Up, Baby! breaks down the Beatles’ concerts, business deals, sleepless nights, and bloody fights month by month during the transitional year of 1963.

‘Dirty Dancing’ in Pre-Roe v. Wade America

‘Dirty Dancing’ in Pre-Roe v. Wade America

Andrea Warner’s book on Dirty Dancing in pre- Roe v. Wade America, The Time of My Life, is the deep dive into the film we need in these times.

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

Pablo Berger’s animated Robot Dreams is a near-perfect marvel of silent cinema nearly a century after talkies ended the silent era.