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Rescued by Books: Fostering Teen Literacy in Low-Income Communities

Ruth Ebenstein discusses book deserts, teen literacy, and the work of The Book Truck.

Is Motherhood a Genre?

Sarah Blackwood asks: does treating motherhood as a genre in itself limit our reading of books about motherhood?

Homer and Hatred: On Jordan Peterson’s Mythology

Adam Novy argues that the alt-right’s favorite philosopher, Jordan Peterson, gives a painfully bad reading to the classics.

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Is it Time to Retire the Word “Citizen”?

By Kate Reed Petty I recently witnessed the participants in a panel discussion collectively agree to avoid the word community. …

Video Evidence, Police Brutality, and the Denial of Black Humanity

By Nathalie Etoke Stranger Fruit, a new documentary by Jason Pollock, offers an exploration of events that led to former …

The Alt-Right’s Body Image Problem

Who exactly is the ideal citizen, and what is the preferred shape of the head-of-state? For centuries in the West, …

Asking for a Friend: Being Solid Without Being Stuck

Dear Olive, I have been the “solid” one my whole life, the person who takes care of everyone, an amazing …

Making Meaning at Coachella, in an Era of Collapse

On Saturday, as nearly 100,000 youths blissed out to a lineup that included Lady Gaga, Bon Iver and ScHoolboy Q …

Ultra-Real China

By Robert Foyle Hunwick Truth is stranger than fiction, Mark Twain observed, because it’s not obliged to probability: a novel …

Do You Sense the Layers? – Vija Celmins at The Matthew Marks Gallery

By Sam Sackeroff What is found in a “found object”? That question, like many questions that have animated postwar American …