Books and Entertainment

  • The Messiah and the muse

    With Black Messiah, D'Angelo has made an album that is a revolutionary masterpiece and signifier of the collective psychology.

  • The long shadow of the British miners' strike

    Still the Enemy Within recalls the heroic British miners' strike of 1984-85 with interviews and never-before-seen footage.

  • Superheroes and consequences

    The television series Daredevil is the smartest, darkest and most sophisticated superhero tale yet from Marvel Studios.

  • Syndicalism's lessons

    Radical Unionism provides a history of the syndicalist movement that is important reading for revolutionary unionists today.

  • The sun, the rain and the whip

    A new book about the history of slavery in the U.S. explains how unfree labor made American capitalism into a global force.

  • He let us imagine our future

    Writer and historian Eduardo Galeano could articulate both the beauty and the horror of this world like no one else.

  • We see you seeing us

    An exhibition of photos in New York exposes how pervasive, creepy and intrusive the modern surveillance state has become.

  • Facing our monsters

    The horror film It Follows confronts the effects of sexual violence, subverting slasher movie conventions along the way.

  • Move the Final Four

    If the NCAA wants to take a stand against a bigoted law, it should move the basketball championships out of Indiana.

  • Documenting the campus struggle for Palestine

    Nora Barrows-Friedman's book is both a living chronicle and handbook of one of the most explosive movements of our times.

  • Can we end the war on drugs?

    Just as the key to treating addiction is addressing underlying causes, ending the drug war requires changing a profoundly unequal society.

  • Why did Borland walk away?

    History shows that playing NFL-level football is like playing Russian Roulette--and Chris Borland has decided to put the gun down.

  • The passing of three icons

    The deaths of three athletes from different sports and eras showed us how they were each trailblazers in their own ways.

  • Will soccer go on strike?

    A possible players' strike in response to greed of the Major League Soccer management could derail the new season.

  • From lulz to lawmaking

    What do the stories of Internet communities like Anonymous and Pirates Bay tell us about political consciousness online?

  • Fifty shades of mediocrity

    What does Fifty Shades of Grey reveal about Hollywood's extremely limited depictions of sex–and what audiences would want?

  • A vision of hell at Guantánamo

    Guantánamo Diary presents us with yet more evidence of how far the rule of law has been eroded in post-9/11 America.

  • Gentrification is the real scandal

    Little League Inc. is attempting to strip the players from Jackie Robinson West of not only their title but their dignity.

  • Serena returns to Indian Wells

    Serena Williams is changing tennis and choosing how to write its future, rather than being victimized by its past.

  • A message to Roger Goodell

    It's long past time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign--in the interest of football players and the public.

  • Vaccination regression

    A new book sees a new anti-vaccination mood as a byproduct of countercultural trends and anti-government sentiment.

  • Deflated footballs and Hitch the snitch

    Is the New England Patriots' ball maintenance a "weapon of mass distraction" or something worth giving a damn about?

  • Lessons from an American Sniper

    American Sniper is a racist, militaristic movie--but it has a lot to teach us if we want to build a successful antiwar movement.

  • Inside DeflateGate

    If you really want to disturb the moral compass of the NFL leadership hierarchy, deflate their balls.

  • Sting's shipbuilding

    The musical The Last Ship, written by Sting, features workers who occupy a shipyard and take inspiration from Marx.