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Arts in Society

Arts in Society

Arts in Society brings our previously siloed poetry and fiction—along with cultural criticism and belles lettres—into a common project. It focuses on how the arts—including the visual arts, theater, dance, and film—can speak directly to the most pressing political and civic concerns, including racism, inequality, poverty, demagoguery, sex- and gender-based violence, a disempowered electorate, and a collapsing natural world.

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Hazem Fahmy was a finalist for the 2019 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and this poem appeared in our arts anthology Allies.

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Tess Liem Poetry
Tess Liem

The French Algerian writer steadfastly defended democracy and humanity against dogmatic ideologies of all stripes. We need to read and reread him today.

Mugambi Jouet
Julian K. Jarboe

“Come back, Sebastian. You are shaking. That is not a productive movement.” As Sebastian prepares to go work on the moon, he reviews his contract’s terms and conditions and wonders what his mother must think.

Jarboe Everyone on the Moon 2 Fiction
Christopher Schmidt

Embracing Poetry’s Failure.

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Stephanie Burt

Looking closely with Allan Peterson.

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Roger Boylan

Julian Barnes asks: How much of what we think makes us special is only a trick of memory?

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Richard Deming

Willis has the finest ear for the lyric amongst her generation.

Stephen Schmidt

From our Winter 1975 issue, a review of the noted cook’s new collection of recipes, her fiesty spirit, and why it took “such a woman to sell us Americans on the difficult, alien art of French cooking.” 

Julia Child

The renowned cook appeared in our first ever issue from June 1975. Here she reviews a gastronomic history of American cooking, sings the praises of a recipe for pimiento custard spread, and details her obsession with all things corn.

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Author of eleven published or forthcoming books, including Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener. He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.