Books

Just How Good Is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?
July 15, 2015

The novel's slogan-ready ethics have crowded out literary appreciation that is long overdue.

Why Does Open Adoption Rarely Work?
July 14, 2015

Even when everyone does everything they said they would, a birth mother's experience is shaped by absence.

These Scholars Have Been Pointing Out Atticus Finch's Racism for Years
July 14, 2015

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird” from a racial justice perspective reveals the real Atticus.

The Suspicious Story Behind Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'
July 13, 2015

Is Harper Lee even celebrating the publication of her much-heralded new novel?

The Debaucherous Secrets of the Goldman Sachs Elevator Are Better Left to Twitter
July 10, 2015

A banker’s lifestyle memoir ignores the frustrations of the modern workplace.

How to Live Within a Black Body
July 10, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” is a letter to his son, and a lesson for all of us.

Drawn + Quarterly Comics Enters a New Era
July 08, 2015

The company turned comic books into art.

An Unpopular Man
July 07, 2015

Norman Finkelstein was a rock star of the pro-Palestinian movement. Then he came out against BDS.

The Philosopher's Guide to Growing Up
July 07, 2015

A philosopher challenges the idea that growing older represents a decline. 

My Idol, the "Worst Rapper Ever"
July 07, 2015

A passionate book can elevate even the most obscure rapper, with the weakest rhymes.

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