Books and Entertainment

  • The bard of Bronzeville

    On the centenary of her birth, poet, activist and educator Gwendolyn Brooks reminds us to see the art in daily struggles all around us.

  • Are we living for The City?

    A book by a former British banking insider seeks to deepen the Marxist analysis of the financial system and modern imperialism.

  • I spy with all your little eyes

    The government's "If you see something, say something" policy has a long history, but it takes on a new meaning in the Internet era.

  • Organizing SeaTac for 15

    A new book examines the campaign for a living wage for Seattle airport workers in the larger context of the employers' offensive.

  • Master of diverse stories

    The "hipness" of Master of None is only skin deep--when it comes to content, the show is earnest, daring and compassionate.

  • A system that entraps the poor

    When it comes to child welfare, the effects of a racist and unequal system are always reduced to perceived individual failings.

  • These tales are all too real

    Hulu's series based on the Margaret Atwood book The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopic look at a past that looks shockingly familiar.

  • Bringing Marxism to discussions of disability

    Roddy Slorach offers the first comprehensive historical materialist treatment of the history, theory and politics of disability.

  • Mad about science

    The right's politically weaponized ignorance about science is nevertheless effective and well funded--and it isn't going away.

  • Living through the bad old days

    Tomorrow Ever After inverts the dystopian paradigm with the story of a visitor from the future who sees the present as a nightmare.

  • Stashing the loot from the taxman

    The available means for concealing assets are so highly developed that they amount to an alternative global economy.

  • No scabbing on women’s hockey

    The U.S. women's ice hockey team is on strike--and management's attempt to find "replacement players" is backfiring badly.

  • When the alt-right was the alt-Reich

    When Hitler was pondering how to keep the "master race" pure, he was inspired by what he learned about U.S. immigration policy.

  • Mapping our morbid symptoms

    A recent show by artist Sarah Levy links portraits of suffering and struggle from the U.S. to the Middle East.

  • Racism is horrifying

    The movie Get Out offers the perspective of people of color dealing with the racist terror that undergirds everyday life in the U.S.

  • A happy ending at the Oscars

    The bizarre end of this year’s ceremony left the Best Picture Oscar with a low-budget film about poverty, racism and homophobia.

  • Imaginers of a new future

    An exhibition of Russian art from the time of the 1917 revolution gives a taste of the elation of revolutionaries in a new world.

  • An NBA revolt against Trump

    With every tweet, Trump sends people--even NBA players who might never have thought about politics--into the streets.

  • Yes, we are all out to get him

    Rob Brotherton's Suspicious Minds helps to illuminate the conspiratorial mind-set of reactionary figures like Donald Trump.

  • Surviving this war of theirs

    The video game This War of Mine asks players to put themselves in the shoes of civilians trying to survive the horror of war.

  • The ways John Berger saw

    The left-wing critic and author dedicated his life to illustrating how art has the potential to matter in the struggle for a better world.

  • The unfinished business of John Berger

    John Berger made the questions of art seem worth grappling with as part of grappling with the questions of the world we live in.

  • Waking up from the dream

    In Strangers in Their Own Land, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild shares what she learned from researching Tea Party backers.

  • The empire falls short

    Rogue One almost delivers, but ultimately, the film doesn't give its cast the satisfying story and characters they deserve.

  • Exile off Main Street

    A recent book chronicles the lives of people living in a low-income residential hotel--and the community they struggle to create.