Books and Entertainment

  • Socialism in one galaxy?

    For 50 years, the Star Trek franchise has inspired audiences by envisioning a better world, free from material want.

  • Taking a knee with Kaepernick

    The intense pressure to fall in line didn't stop several NFL players from joining in 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest.

  • Not the women's choice

    A collection of essays by women writers reveals why a Hillary Clinton presidency isn't an important step for women--or anyone.

  • Voices raised for public schools in India

    A new documentary makes the case that struggles for public education in India are intrinsically tied to other fights for justice.

  • The Rio Olympics' longest-lasting legacy

    Vila Autódromo may have suffered mass displacement because of the Olympics, but it also became a symbol of resistance.

  • Swinging through colonial history

    Though historically jumbled, The Legend of Tarzan raises the horrific reality of genocide committed by the colonial powers.

  • The life of an old Bolshevik

    A recent book on Alexander Shlyapnikov contributes much to our understanding of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath.

  • Reading the Communist Manifesto today

    The Communist Manifesto was written 30 years before the invention of the telephone. So why are people still inspired by it?

  • Unpacking the culture quandary

    Terry Eagleton's book tries to make sense of the sheer quantity and variety of stuff crammed into what gets called "culture."

  • Where poverty and eviction meet

    The book Evicted provides an important view of the crisis of housing for the poor through the eyes of residents of Milwaukee.

  • The other refugee story in Rio

    Olympic officials are hailing an all-refugee team, but they're responsible for 77,000 people being displaced in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Jack London strides onto the stage

    The famous early 20th century author of The Call of the Wild was also a socialist, and his most political novel is now a play.

  • Listen, your party is the "neo" kind of liberal

    Thomas Frank's new book shows that the Democratic Party sticks to business as usual because its leaders don't want anything else.

  • The long road from Olympic dream to reality

    For 10 years, Brazil has prepared for the Olympics. Now a majority of its people wish the Games had never darkened their door.

  • A specter haunting Hollywood

    What does a movie like the Ghostbusters say about the film industry's view of women--in the movies and in the theater seats?

  • When socialism was put on trial

    A new book shows how 29 Trotskyists who were accused of sedition in 1941 turned their trial into a platform for socialist ideas.

  • Labor's bloody battle in steel

    A new book on the Little Steel strike of 1937 provides a gut-wrenching look at the violence of America's captains of industry.

  • Socialism from A to Z

    A collection of essays by contributors to Jacobin magazine makes a powerful argument for what socialism is--and isn't.

  • Another side of the champ revealed

    The words of Malcolm X's daughter Attallah Shabazz, in honoring Muhammad Ali, can help us understand where we need to go.

  • From warrior to antiwarrior

    Tomas Young paid the ultimate price for the U.S. war in Iraq, but his story of resistance to war will always survive.

  • Greater than the Cassius of old

    In 2008, Dave Zirin's A People's History of Sports paid tribute to Muhammad Ali as a giant in the sports world--and in U.S. history.

  • Have the thought police won?

    A new book examines everyday features of life in the digitally connected world and asks if privacy is a quaint idea from another era.

  • Survival, celebration and Beyoncé

    Beyoncé's Lemonade is aesthetically gorgeous, emotionally intimate and highly political--in ways that are woven together.

  • Farewell to a true funk soldier

    He was a bottomless cauldron of creativity who blew up every music industry category and mattered in more ways than one article could do justice to.

  • Their goal is for equal pay

    The men "get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships," say U.S. women's national soccer players.