Books and Entertainment

  • Who was Atticus Finch really?

    The intense debate about Harper Lee's second novel says something about the impact of her first--and its political limitations.

  • Serena is "The Greatest"

    Serena Williams is a compelling heir to the legacy of Muhammad Ali--in terms of athletic prowess and the courage to speak out.

  • A vision of a shared humanity

    The biggest pleasure in watching the Netflix series Sense8 is seeing the profound connections between very different people.

  • A new chance to meet Nina Simone

    A new documentary about the iconic singer and freedom fighter tells the story of one of the most underappreciated musical talents of the 20th century.

  • Judged to be a racist name

    The offensive logo of the Washington football team was dealt a devastating blow in a ruling by a federal judge.

  • Listening with Ornette Coleman

    The legendary jazz musician is remembered as a radical innovator, but his playing starts from the most basic aspect of music.

  • The verdict on "women's sports" is in already!

    While I was being asked why "no one cares," the Women's World Cup was getting ratings that would make the NBA weep with joy.

  • 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.