politics

Christopher Hitchens and Fights Worth Having

Christopher Hitchens and Fights Worth Having

You can smell the cigarette ash and Johnnie Walker Black Label on the pages of A Hitch in Time, a gleefully pugilistic posthumous Christopher Hitchens anthology.

Greek Weird Wave’s Absurdism and Tragedy

Greek Weird Wave’s Absurdism and Tragedy

Greek Weird Wave films are existential with a hefty dose of absurdism, surrealism and tragedy, where alienated protagonists struggle in a meaningless milieu.

Albert Camus’ Struggles with Earthly Existence in ‘Travels in the Americas’

Albert Camus’ Struggles with Earthly Existence in ‘Travels in the Americas’

The Albert Camus of Travels in the Americas diaries is a passionate, despairing reckoner with the struggles of earthly existence, both personal and societal.

The High Price of Gay Life in Washington, D.C.

The High Price of Gay Life in Washington, D.C.

James Kirchick’s riveting history of gay life in Washington, D.C. is a Cold War epic of hypocrisy, surveillance, and survival.

Antonio Gramsci Biography ‘To Live Is to Resist’ Is Unrivaled

Antonio Gramsci Biography ‘To Live Is to Resist’ Is Unrivaled

In Gramscian fashion, Frétigné details the material conditions of Antonio Gramsci’s insight and influence while shirking historical determinism and abstract idealism.

1934 Horror Film ‘The Black Cat’ Slinks Easily into Our Time of Terror

1934 Horror Film ‘The Black Cat’ Slinks Easily into Our Time of Terror

Nazi power had already risen and Hitler was Chancellor when The Black Cat shared its laser-focus on the dangers of the rising tide of right-wing politics.

‘Beirut 2020’ Portends What Awaits America

‘Beirut 2020’ Portends What Awaits America

Majdalani’s Beirut 2020 warns that unwillingness to enforce rules and due process lies at the heart of the problems plaguing both Lebanon and America.

Tribeca 2021: ‘LFG’ Shows the Struggle and Sacrifice in Fight for Equal Pay

Tribeca 2021: ‘LFG’ Shows the Struggle and Sacrifice in Fight for Equal Pay

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix’s new documentary, LFG, focuses on the women’s national soccer team’s court battle to get paid what they’re worth.

‘Doom’ Illustrates Niall Ferguson’s Historical Flaws

‘Doom’ Illustrates Niall Ferguson’s Historical Flaws

While historian Niall Ferguson’s broad survey of human catastrophe, Doom, has erudition, insight, and sweep, it is frequently derailed by contrarian carping.

Nate Powell’s Graphic Non-Fiction ‘Save It for Later’ Urges Readers to Remember the Trump Era

Nate Powell’s Graphic Non-Fiction ‘Save It for Later’ Urges Readers to Remember the Trump Era

Life during the destructive Trump era spurred a new level of activism. Nate Powell’s collection of comics essays, ‘Save It for Later’, wants to keep that fire going.

Cyber Republic: Reinventing Democracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines (excerpt)

Cyber Republic: Reinventing Democracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines (excerpt)

Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Can you imagine, for example, a hospital completely made of software? These and other forthcoming changes to the workplace and the global economy are explored in this excerpt of George Zarkadakis' Cyber Republic, courtesy of MIT Press.

Kamala Harris’ 2020 VP Run Evokes Rod Lurie’s 2000 ‘The Contender’

Kamala Harris’ 2020 VP Run Evokes Rod Lurie’s 2000 ‘The Contender’

Like The Contender's Laine Hanson 20 years prior, US Democratic Party Vice-President choice, Kamala Harris, cuts the oxygen feeding the US political climate's raging sexism.