A Political and Literary Forum
For the philosopher and intellectual historian Hans Blumenberg, myths and metaphors were pivotal to philosophical thinking, not opposed to it.
Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin.
Lars von Trier. Stanley Kubrick. Michael Haneke.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
Hye-young Pyun’s surreal, violent novels reject stereotypes about Korean women’s writing, taking up global themes of environmental collapse and the loneliness of city life.
Jae Won Chung
Yugoslavia produced a thrilling variety of buildings—frequently departing from the prefabricated monotony of the Eastern Bloc.
With the dire turn in global politics, Donna Stonecipher’s poetry of globalization and displacement possesses an unprecedented urgency.
A new book wants us to navigate life’s crossroads with the precision of a military exercise. But personal decisions are more difficult than even the most consequential political decisions.
Kanye represents what happens when the liberties of artistic genius are confused for political insight.
In his acerbic and often hilarious Village Voice column, Gary Indiana documented a cultural world being lost to AIDS and corporate greed.
Trump’s Space Force is a bad reboot of the old imperial fantasy of control from above.
The political ideas we have held for centuries are ill-equipped to respond to today's challenges.
A personal essay on family, death, and the healing power of music.
Peter E. Gordon
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David Theo Goldberg
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