A blind eye

From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on Coloniality of Power and Hegemonic Shifts in the World-System. Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of "dictatorship". H.I.V. arrived in the U.S. long before "Patient Zero". Shane Bauer: I went undercover with a border militia — here's what I saw. Why the law turns a blind eye to militias: "If these militias are just running around the woods with guns, most states don't really care". Power, the new victimhood and the disappearance

Paper Trail

Paul Beatty talks to The Guardian about his Man Booker win for his novel The Sellout. The book almost wasn’t in the running for the prize—it was rejected by eighteen publishers in the UK. “I get hurt when I meet editors who tell me about books they really liked but couldn’t publish,” said Beatty as


After Attica

Jack GrossLast month marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica prison revolt. At the outset of the four-day takeover, the prisoners released a list of practical proposals, the first of which read: "Apply

Daily Review

The Sellout

Paul Beatty's subversive parody of race relations in America, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, taunts, jostles, and makes so many inappropriate noises at whatever passes for America's Ongoing Dialogue on Race that it's practically begging to be batter-fried in acrimony and censure.


Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.


Jill Lepore On Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Manhattan in the 18th Century


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.