Books and Entertainment

  • 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.

  • Is Oscar for white men only?

    The list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards is out, and it's the whitest that it's been in almost 20 years.

  • Proud to support abortion rights

    In Pro, Katha Pollitt explains how the discussion about reproductive rights got pushed to the right--and how to push back.

  • They wouldn't let nobody turn them around

    The new film Selma depicts the three-month-long campaign 50 years ago that was a pivotal moment of the civil rights movement.

  • The irreplaceable Mike Marqusee

    Mike Marqusee wore his politics and love of sports proudly, and both were beacons for those looking for some wisdom.

  • Hey Boston, stop playing the Games

    I can't congratulate you on being the U.S. pick to bid for the 2024 Olympics, but I can invite you to start organizing against.

  • The fight of a lifetime

    A former Army Ranger tells why he walked across the country for Pat Tillman--and the stories of the people he met along the way.

  • Covering up rape in Florida

    Florida State University has created a reality all its own, as rape accusations against a star quarterback get swept under the rug.

  • What was best in 2014?

    SocialistWorker.org readers speak up for their favorite movies, books, music and streaming content of the year.

  • The filth and the Feds

    Witch hunts against minorities and activists based on their sexual relationships was all in a day's work for J. Edgar Hoover.

  • Why we need activist athletes

    Some of the most prominent voices speaking out about racism are those of athletes who can reach millions of people.

  • #BlackLivesMatter takes the field

    Athletes speaking out against police brutality has the effect of amplifying the impact of the struggle for dignity in the face of racism.

  • Putting history on the page

    The left-wing author Howard Fast dramatized historical struggles against racism, exploitation and war profiteering.

  • The commissioner of lying

    The NFL's Roger Goodell has been exposed for flipping from being a domestic violence enabler to a self-proclaimed savior.