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.
Nalo Hopkinson on the politics of dystopia, writing from the Global South, and the enduring importance of black mermaids.
What makes biography good?
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.
On this day, the Crows of the region joined the history of People, and their own history began.
Junot Díaz introduces Global Dystopias.
The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded politics for style?
Walden is often championed as an anti-technology manifesto. But this misses the value Thoreau found in conversations spread across vast spans of time and distance.
Junot Díaz interviews Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid's Tale, political dystopias, and Drake.
Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz
A new generation of young Polish novelists has turned to dystopia to express Poland's cultural and economic contradictions.
New poetry from Chen Chen, Jennifer Kronovet, Jennifer Scappettone, Alli Warren, and Andrew Wessels.
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