Books and Entertainment

  • 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.

  • The NFL didn't give a damn about Kevin Turner

    Kevin Turner's willingness to take on the NFL was one of the more courageous acts we've seen in the world of sports.

  • The NBA's chance to lead the way

    The NBA should respond to the passage of a bigoted law in North Carolina by pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

  • These laws close clinics

    The film Trapped documents the devastating impact that new laws restricting abortion clinics have on providers and patients.

  • Our struggles link us together

    Angela Davis' new book of interviews, articles and speeches connects the different struggles against racism, sexism and empire.

  • A house of the dead

    The victims of solitary confinement are damned--not to lakes of fire, but to psychic torture so continuous that it seems eternal.

  • Maybe they should invade the U.S.

    In Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore shows how other countries solved problems that plague the "world's greatest democracy."

  • Muhammad Ali and the Black Panthers

    A new documentary on the Black Panthers shows, among other things, how the famous boxer helped inspire a revolutionary group.

  • The legacy of a rebel reporter

    Rebel reporters don't hide behind desks, relying on press releases. For John Ross, they are part of the struggles they cover.

  • Still whistling "Dixie"

    The kind of right-wing populism exemplified today by Donald Trump has a long history in post-Second World War America.

  • What happened to Rey?

    The exclusion of the main character of the new Star Wars movie from merchandise aimed at kids wasn't an accident.

  • Super Bowl City meets Tent City

    The city that hosted the Super Bowl is in the midst of a stunning real estate boom—while the number of homeless jumps to new highs.

  • The Bay against the Bowl

    A journalist and Oakland resident explains why many in the Bay Area are planning not Super Bowl parties, but Super Bowl protests.

  • Why are the Oscars still lily-white?

    The all-white nominations list for this year's Oscars is the starkest example, but it is symptomatic of Hollywood as a whole.

  • Brazil in peril

    The roots of the Zika virus outbreak lie in the priorities that brought the World Cup and Olympics to Brazil in quick succession.

  • First-string socialist

    The former St. Louis Cardinal lineman and member of the International Socialists will be remembered for what he did off the field.

  • Trans issues take the small screen

    The series Transparent follows a wealthy Jewish family with a father making a transition from male to female identity.

  • Working-class history 101

    Struggle, even when defeated, shapes the institutions of U.S. society, argues a new documentary about the U.S working class.

  • A travesty of justice revealed on camera

    The Netflix series Making a Murderer tears the mask off the criminal justice system--for a huge audience across the country.

  • The big short and the long con

    The Big Short is reaching a big audience with its story of the fraud and greed that led to the 2008 Wall Street meltdown.

  • Who killed Lawrence Phillips?

    A former first-round NFL draft pick took his own life in a prison cell. But there is far more to this story than that.

  • Surviving is her superpower

    The hero of the TV series Jessica Jones is traumatized, angry, fearful, guilt-ridden, self-isolating and probably an alcoholic.