The Afro-Pessimist Temptation


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates One World, 367 pp., $28.00 Amy Sherald/Private Collection/Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago Amy Sherald: What’s precious inside of him does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence (All American), 2017; from the exhibition ‘Amy Sherald,’ on view […]

Ratfucked Again


Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images Anti-gerrymandering activists in costume as Maryland district 5 (left) and district 1 (right) in front of the Supreme Court, March 2018 A decade ago, when the Republican Party was paying the price for the various cataclysms brought on by the George W. Bush presidency—the shockingly inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, […]

Podcast 299, Your Transcript Has Been Smuggled In!


The transcript for Podcast 299. On Blogging and Publishing: An Interview with Thea James and Ana Grilo, The Book Smugglers has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. Click here to subscribe to The Podcast → The post Podcast 299, Your Transcript Has Been Smuggled In! appeared […]

Epigenetics: The Evolution Revolution


Cas Oorthuys/Nederlands Fotomuseum Children in Amsterdam during the Dutch Hunger Winter, 1944–1945 At the end of the eighteenth century, the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck noted that life on earth had evolved over long periods of time into a striking variety of organisms. He sought to explain how they had become more and more complex. Living […]

Staff Picks: Garbage Gods, Bachelors, and Doinks


“Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder,” 2018. Installation view. Photo: Lance Brewer, courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York. © The Rammellzee Estate 2018. I first learned about the artist Rammellzee from Dave Tompkins’s book, How to Wreck a Nice Beach, and I saw his Letter Racer sculptures in an exhibition a few years ago (which Tompkins wrote about for […]

Arshile Gorky’s Muse Recalls Their First Date


Gorky and Fielding at an early stage of their relationship, taken by her brother on a beach near Norfolk, Virginia, in 1941. Image courtesy the Arshile Gorky Foundation. Like most troubled romances, that between the famed Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky and Agnes Magruder (who later became Agnes Gorky Fielding) began with a misunderstanding. In February 1941, […]

Mengele: el infernal exilio del asesino más sádico de Auschwitz


Josef Mengele se hizo tristemente famoso por llevar a cabo experimentos en gemelos – ABC Olivier Guez estudia en su nueva novela («La desaparición de Josef Mengele») los últimos días que el «Ángel de la muerte» pasó en Sudamérica Manuel P. Villatoro@ABC_HistoriaSeguir Actualizado:18/05/2018 03:02h Noticias relacionadas Ancianos, incapacitados, mujeres débiles y niños, a la izquierda; […]

299. On Blogging and Publishing: An Interview with Thea James and Ana Grilo, The Book Smugglers


Today I’m speaking with Ana Grilo and Thea James, who are better known as The Book Smugglers. They’re bloggers, writers, authors, and editors – and at the helm of Book Smugglers Publishing. We talk about how they got their start, and the role the Lost forums played in bringing them together (along with a few […]

Malaysia and the Improbable Win of an Unlikely Alliance


Lai Seng Sin/Reuters A video clip of the then jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim playing in the background at an anticorruption rally with Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah, and Anwar’s one-time nemesis but now political ally, Malaysia’s former prime minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, October 14, 2017 The flag of Malaysia’s Parti Keadilan […]

The New Europeans


La Fracture [The Fracture] by Gilles Kepel Paris: Gallimard, 275 pp., €19.00 (paper) Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Fergusson London: Bantam, 386 pp., £20.00 Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation by Robert S. Leiken Oxford University Press, 356 pp., $21.95 (paper) Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Visitors at an […]

The Old Lady


Till Time’s Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694–2013 by David Kynaston Bloomsbury, 879 pp., $75.00 Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative Party Conference, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 1985 The Bank of England is one of Britain’s distinct contributions to history. It was chartered in 1694 to lend money to King […]

Poetry Rx: You All Have Lied


In our column Poetry Rx, readers write in with a specific emotion and our resident poets—Sarah Kay, Kaveh Akbar, and Claire Schwartz—take turns prescribing the perfect poems to match. This week, Claire Schwartz is on the line. Original illustration by Ellis Rosen. Dear Poets,  I feel like I’m living in a world of decay right now. My mother […]