Books and Entertainment

  • Black Heroes Matter

    More than showing Black audiences a hero that looks like them, Black Panther grapples with the experiences moviegoers have had.

  • The whole rotten barrel has to go

    Alex Vitale's The End of Policing provides the arguments and facts to back up radical alternatives to the criminal justice system.

  • Imagining a better world

    The feminist novelist embraced the fantastic to tell stories that compelled readers to rethink their assumptions about society.

  • The NFL owners who would rather lose

    What does it say that several hopeful NFL franchises decided to tank the season rather than sign Colin Kaeperick to a contract?

  • More of the best of the worst year ever

    SW contributors are back with another round of recommendations in music, books and movies to wash away the taste of a bad year.

  • The best of the worst year ever

    It's a bad sign when the year begins with Donald Trump's inauguration, but 2017 did have some welcome relief in music, books and movies.

  • How a revolution shaped a revolution

    Leon Trotsky's profound combination of political analysis and engaging storytelling is available in a new edition of a classic book.

  • Making everything new

    The best works in the Art Institute exhibition on the Russian Revolution show the spirit of artists inspired to "remake everything."

  • Sound theories

    A new book explores how musicians have sometimes acquiesced to the world around them--and sometimes challenged and even changed it.

  • One nation under the Bible?

    The Green family has a specific brand of Christianity that it is trying to push--and it's using a new "museum" in order to do it.

  • The hateful history of the Ku Klux Klan

    The Ku Klux Klan has sown racist terror for 150 years, but a new book focuses on one of the three distinct phases of its existence.

  • The NFL owners' holiday insult

    In having the Washington football team host a Thanksgiving game, it's as if the NFL wants to have a joke at all our expense.

  • Yes, mocking Indian accents is racist

    Hari Kondabolu's The Problem with Apu takes on The Simpsons' longstanding caricature--and reflects growing pride among South Asian Americans.

  • Louise Bryant's red months in Russia

    Louise Bryant's moving eyewitness chronicle of the Russian Revolution deserves to be discovered by a new audience.

  • Not a riot but a revolution

    Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution vividly a unique historical event--when working people took power in Russia.

  • Why four died in Ohio

    A recent book charts the political and social context behind the shooting of four Kent State antiwar protesters in 1970.

  • Did solidarity trump the NFL owners?

    Protesting NFL players, inspired by Colin Kaepernick's protest against racism, have wrung major concessions out of the owners.

  • Trump spurs athletes to action

    More NFL players than ever took a knee during the National Anthem on Sunday after Donald Trump's bigoted remarks.

  • Will Hillary ever forgive us?

    Hillary Clinton does take responsibility in her memoir--for being smarter than anyone else, but the damn-fool voters didn't listen.

  • Not your typical series

    Despite some flaws, Netflix's Atypical makes the case that society is improved by the inclusion of neurodiverse people.

  • The spirit of the Syrian people

    Osama Alomar's book conveys the hope of the Syrian Revolution and the despair of the ongoing counterrevolution.

  • Rebellion with a cause

    A feature film about the 1967 rebellion in Detroit is marred by one-dimensional Black characters and overly sympathetic cops.

  • Solidarity over sectarianism in Belfast

    The book Struggle or Starve tells the hidden story of how working-class Belfast came together to strike against anti-poor laws.

  • The American nightmare

    Today's monsters in Washington remind us of a lesson from the master of horror: The ghouls we should really fear aren't undead.

  • Struggling against all odds

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