Books and Entertainment

  • A place to dance--and argue

    Socialist filmmaker Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall is about two struggles: fighting evictions and preserving a place to organize.

  • The symbol of hate they still sell

    If the Confederate flag is too toxic to sell, how can Walmart peddle the merchandise of the Washington football team?

  • Two roads to the NBA Finals

    The two coaches in the NBA Finals have deep--and deeply disparate--connections to the politics of the Middle East.

  • A new hero in the sports world

    The Caitlyn Jenner story is one of triumph pulled from the edge of tragedy--and the hope is it will be felt in the sports world.

  • The road less taken

    Mad Max: Fury Road is credited with provoking a conversation about feminism and the role of women in Hollywood. Did it?

  • Down goes FIFA!

    The international governing body of soccer, the world's most popular sport, is being shaken to its core.

  • Snapshots from the Bay Area left

    Chris Crass' Towards Collective Liberation contributes to our understanding of where the left has been and where we need to go.

  • A universe of its own

    If our superheroes say something about the society we live in, what does Avengers: The Age of Ultron have to tell us?

  • 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.