A Political and Literary Forum
“However you find your society . . . you do not have to embrace its lies, or become complicitors in its cruelties,” wrote E. L. Doctorow, whose novels offer a map for navigating the Trump era.
Bad readers were not born, they were created. To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America.
Shane McCrae's new book, a finalist for the National Book Award, is an astonishingly precise account of a complex emotional past.
Lynn Melnick's jagged poems interrogate rape culture to reveal the absurdity of misogyny.
In Kaveh Akbar's debut collection, language is not only a homeland, it is also displacement.
Two recent books, works of collage and fragmented biography, bring Czech masterworks to new readers.
Alan Felsenhal’s striking debut collection, Lowly, achieves something like early modern surrealism.
Nalo Hopkinson on the politics of dystopia, writing from the Global South, and the enduring importance of black mermaids.
What makes biography good?
Vievee Francis's sensuously lyrical poetry, written against a backdrop of ecopolitical crisis, is wild for survival.
Hackers, the Swedish poet Aase Berg's latest collection, depicts the feeling of late capitalism.
From invading Afghanistan to dismantling Confederate monuments, George Orwell has been pressed into the service of all sorts of causes. But the real Orwell remains unknown.
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