Books and Entertainment

  • 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.

  • For the well-read red

    A few of SW's regular contributors give their picks for holiday gifts--or simply excuses to relax during the holiday season.

  • Reproductive justice is our fight

    The stories of women of color organizing for reproductive justice told in Undivided Rights will help prepare us for new struggles.

  • U.S. labor's early battles

    Plutocracy: Solidarity Forever documents the rise of American capitalism and the toll inflicted on workers and the oppressed.

  • Colin Kaepernick's right to not vote

    The 49ers quarterback and symbol of the resistance to racism is facing a backlash for refusing to vote, but he was hardly alone.

  • A working-class Sherlock

    For Timothy Sheard's working-class detective Lenny Moss, his advantage in any battle is never bullets but solidarity.

  • Checking in on the fact-checkers

    A new book casts some light on the nook within mainstream journalism that claims to hold politicians to account for, well, lying.

  • A World Series tainted by racism

    Though often overlooked, Cleveland's baseball team flaunts the most spectacularly racist logo in professional sports.

  • Unraveling America's founding myths

    A book that examines myths about Native Americans and U.S. history associated with them couldn't come out at a better time.

  • A guide to the shallow ups and deeper downs

    Marxist economist Michael Roberts argues that the cause of economic crisis lies at the heart of how the capitalist system operates.

  • Across the color line

    The author of a newly published book about political thinker W.E.B. Du Bois explains why his legacy remains relevant today.

  • Dario Fo's comic mysteries

    Italian left-wing playwright Dario Fo never stopped challenging authority, mocking the powerful and championing workers.

  • Murders in--and of--the Steel City

    A mystery set in the Pittsburgh of the 1970s and 2000s explores the lives of working people in a city shaped by the steel industry.

  • Honoring a dirty job and a beautiful one, too

    An art exhibition in New York City is a love letter to the people whose labor ensures that our cities don't drown in their own filth.