Books and Entertainment

  • Struggling against all odds

    The latest installment of a documentary series on labor history examines workers' organizing in the face of a repressive state.

  • Rio's Olympic body count

    No matter the country, the legacy of past Olympic Games that always leaves the most lasting mark is the body count.

  • When capitalism is finally history

    The Museum of Capitalism asks visitors to think about the system all around us as if it has already been relegated to the dustbin.

  • Deconstructing Israeli mythology

    Ilan Pappe's Ten Myths About Israel is an excellent book for anyone trying to separate fact from the fiction used to justify Zionism.

  • A North Carolina clinic under siege

    A documentary shows how the anti-choice bigots targeted an abortion clinic in North Carolina--with the help of the authorities.

  • Every cook can govern

    The director of a new documentary on the 20th century Marxist C.L.R. James describes what it took to bring the project to fruition.

  • Saying yes to another world

    Naomi Klein argues that we need to say "no" to scapegoating, privatization and war--but the left needs to discuss what it says "yes" to.

  • Oakland struggles after the spectacle fades

    Celebrities and the super-rich descended on Oakland for the NBA Finals--but not far away, the "other half" barely survives.

  • The question of caste

    Arundhati Roy's book uses a historic debate to underscore the centrality of caste in India, while challenging the myths about Gandhi.

  • 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.