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Amanda Gorman’s History Lesson: An Inaugural Poem in the Shadow of White Supremacy

Amanda Gorman’s History Lesson: An Inaugural Poem in the Shadow of White Supremacy

From the onset, Amanda Gorman's poem, "The Hill We Climb", dissolves the ideology that a presidential inauguration announces the new and deracinates the present from the past.

The Artless Losers: Trump and Monty Python’s Black Knight

The Artless Losers: Trump and Monty Python’s Black Knight

Are we meant to admire those who, like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, just won't concede defeat?

Balanced on the Thin Edge of Democracy, Can We See the Tipping Point?

Balanced on the Thin Edge of Democracy, Can We See the Tipping Point?

The Trump-bolstered radical right are akin to fourth-century Christian fanatics who -- in the space of a single generation -- transformed the Roman empire from a state of broadly tolerant religious plurality to one of violence and societal destruction.

Is Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Ironic?

Is Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Ironic?

Just hours before tweeting that he was COVID positive, Trump recorded a speech wherein he opined that "The end of the pandemic is in sight."

‘World War 3 Illustrated #51: The World We Are Fighting For’

‘World War 3 Illustrated #51: The World We Are Fighting For’

World War 3 Illustrated #51 displays an eclectic range of artists united in their call to save democracy from rising fascism.

‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ Spotlights America’s Current Voting Restrictions as Jim Crow 2.0

‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ Spotlights America’s Current Voting Restrictions as Jim Crow 2.0

Featuring an ebullient and combative Stacey Abrams, All In: The Fight for Democracy shows just how determined anti-democratic forces are to ensure that certain groups don't get access to the voting booth.

COVID-19 Is but One Indication of the Return of the Pandemic Monster

COVID-19 Is but One Indication of the Return of the Pandemic Monster

Mike Davis' COVID-era update about emerging flu pandemics, The Monster Enters, is concise, disturbing, and valuable.

‘Tiger King’ and the Post-Truth Culture War

‘Tiger King’ and the Post-Truth Culture War

Tiger King -- released during and dominating the streaming-in-lockdown era -- exemplifies in real-time the feedback loop between entertainment and ideology.

First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?

AIDS Play ‘The Normal Heart’ Is a Guide During COVID-19 and Political Indifference

AIDS Play ‘The Normal Heart’ Is a Guide During COVID-19 and Political Indifference

When national leadership isn't addressing a pandemic as it should, Larry Kramer, as playwright and activist, pens the only viable response: "Everyone's entitled to good medical care. If you're not getting it, you've got to fight for it."

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

The financial crash of 2008-2010 reemphasized that traumatic economic shifts drive political change, so what might we imagine — or fear — will emerge from the COVID-19 depression?

The Kids Might Be Alright: Progress as Virtue in Contemporary Children’s Literature

The Kids Might Be Alright: Progress as Virtue in Contemporary Children’s Literature

Dave Eggers and Colin Meloy take on the antagonistic and nativist rhetoric in American politics and culture with children's books intent on generating empathy.

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