Articles tagged with interview

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Jonathan M. Square Nell Painter Walter Johnson

After retiring from Princeton, celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter decided to go to art school. In this interview with Walter Johnson, she discusses what it’s like to be an old student, and how art lets her tell truths about history that she couldn’t as an academic.

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Vijay Iyer Robin D. G. Kelley

Robin D. G. Kelley talks with musician Vijay Iyer about systems of oppression, the responsibility of artists, and how jazz sells proximity to blackness to white people.

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Tef Poe Mordecai Lyon Walter Johnson

Harvard professor Walter Johnson and rapper Tef Poe reflect on their shared activism, and the place they see for allies—accomplices, even—in the long struggle for racial justice.

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Joshua Cohen Corey Robin

Joshua Cohen and Corey Robin discuss the black nationalism at the heart of Thomas’s conservative jurisprudence—and what it means for those on the left who often dismiss the justice’s use of race. 

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Samuel Bowles Joshua Cohen

The postwar generation understood why a prosperous working class is crucial to the economy. Can economics be accessible again to ordinary Americans?

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Elaine Scarry Rachel Ablow

With virtually no democratic oversight and over 6,500 missiles in the United States alone, the use of nuclear weapons is almost inevitable. So why is it so hard to think about nuclear war?

Scott Casleton Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky and Scott Casleton discuss socialism, anarchism, and the fight for progress in U.S. politics today. 

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Deborah Chasman Cornel West

Cornel West and Deborah Chasman discuss the disproportionately white publishing world, the responsibilities and burdens of public life, and the predicament of black intellectuals today.

Andrea Lawlor Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl feature
Andrea Lawlor Spencer Quong

Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is being celebrated as the vanguard of a new trans lit. In this interview, Lawlor talks about Paul’s origins, trans identity, and the future of queer literature.

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Avni Sejpal Arundhati Roy

Boston Review speaks with Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term ‘postcolonialism.’