This question, with all its implications for the twenty-first century, lay behind the Schulz controversy. If the Jews were once an Eastern European people, then the murals should have stayed in Drohobych, where Schulz spent his entire life and became a great Polish writer. If not, then it was right to bring the murals to […]Read More
Tag: April 2023
All The New Albums Coming Out In April 2023
Keeping track of all the new albums coming out in a given month is a big job, but we’re up for it: Below is a comprehensive list of the major releases you can look forward to in April. If you’re not trying to potentially miss out on anything, it might be a good idea to […]Read More
The Education of Byron Donalds, the Right-Wing Fringe’s Newest Star
In his third year of college, Donalds realized he had to turn his life around. When he learned he could transfer his credits to Florida State University but leave his GPA behind, he jumped at the opportunity. He joined a business fraternity and met a woman named Erika, who invited him to visit her church. […]Read More
Has the U.S. Lost Track of the Spies in Our Midst?
Still, the ancient war of spy vs. spy rages on. The FBI now opens a new counterintelligence case against Chinese spies and agents every 10 hours. In October, the CIA’s assistant director for counterintelligence sent an alert throughout the agency noting that, in recent years, dozens of recruited informants in China, Iran, Pakistan, and other […]Read More
What If the Worst Crime Imaginable Never Happened?
Louisiana’s recent reluctance to execute its prisoners stands in sharp contrast to other red states in the Deep South, such as Texas and Oklahoma, which each carried out five death sentences in 2022. Oklahoma has already scheduled executions into 2024 in several controversial cases, including Richard Glossip’s. Louisiana’s reprieve has also been tenuous. The state’s […]Read More
Who Said It: Tucker Carlson or George Wallace?
Tucker Carlson uses his nightly Fox News show to peddle some of the vilest bouts of racist conspiracy theories of twenty-first-century politics. As we’ve watched his show, we realized he often doesn’t sound all that different from one of the defining segregationists of twentieth-century politics, Alabama governor and presidential candidate George Wallace. See how well […]Read More
The Rise of Damian Williams, America’s Top Crypto Cop
In the case of FTX, Williams’s office moved rather quickly, filing a sealed indictment less than a month after the collapse of the company. For Williams, who has the résumé of someone who’s checked every box of meritocratic success, SBF could be the high-profile prosecution that elevates him from being simply another nice suit behind […]Read More
What Is Elon Musk Building?
The biggest reason why Musk is unlikely to transform Twitter into something vastly different than what it is today, however, is that it would defeat the whole point of owning it in the first place. Twitter is—in its own skewed, imperfect way—still the closest thing we have to a digital town square. Given its disproportionate […]Read More
Janet Malcolm’s Dangerous Method
What she doesn’t say, but is everywhere implied, is that the task “of housecleaning (of narrating)” leaves as many marks of the writer’s own personality—conscious or unconscious—as do the choices we make about decorating our own homes. This, of course, restates Malcolm’s enduring insight: that journalism (like biography) is a kind of theft. Journalists and […]Read More
The Thucydides Trap
Food insecurity is widespread. Despite its prodigious domestic production, China has been a net importer of agricultural products for nearly two decades. Most deleteriously, China’s population is shrinking, a consequence of the one-child policy adopted by the government in 1980. Between 2020 and 2035, Beckley and Brands estimate, China will lose 70 million working-age adults […]Read More
Conservatives Are Trying to Ban Books in Your Town. Librarians Are Fighting Back.
For the book banners, this was never just about the books. The free public library as we know it in the United States, as a public good, as a hallmark of liberal democracy, was not always thus. The idea of a free library open to all is one that was long fought for and won […]Read More
The Erotic Life of Property
A truck delivers a forest back to itselfAs lumber in the field where it onceStood as trees—what is not lumberListens close, breathes witness intoThe absence of what’s to becomeOf what once was there, closingThe spaces between old shadowsResolved into new forms, a singleSurface: Walls risen from one chaosStand alone against another chaos—Who dares to breathe […]Read More
Where There Is No Hope There Is Calm
On the warfront a soldier runshis filthy fingers across his filthy lapel.The ground gives under his weight.(A blizzard calm beyond repairs.)He gives in the snowgives in to the snowbeing snowed […]Read More
No One Is Innocent in Saint Omer
In her lecture, Rama is reflecting on a real phenomenon, depicted in the film, in which French women who had sex with Nazi occupiers were publicly stigmatized and forced to shave their hair. Marguerite Duras, who wrote the screenplay, “uses the power of her narrative to sublimate reality,” turning these women, mired in shame, into […]Read More
Can American Jewish Support for Israel Survive This New Government?
There are protests and letters and essays and podcasts all, essentially, saying that Israel has entered different, dangerous territory, threatening its relationship with Jews around the world—certainly with liberal American Jews—and its own status as a democracy. There is, and has been for decades, one story about American Jews and Israel, and that story goes […]Read More
Does American Fascism Exist?
Strange as it seems to us today, before the 1940s Americans rarely employed the European political spectrum, which pitted a reactionary “right” against a socialist “left,” to understand their own politics. Instead, most literate Americans believed that their country enjoyed “its own political divisions that sat apart from those of Europe.” Whenever Americans did make […]Read More