Books and Entertainment

  • Sound theories

    A new book explores how musicians have sometimes acquiesced to the world around them--and sometimes challenged and even changed it.

  • One nation under the Bible?

    The Green family has a specific brand of Christianity that it is trying to push--and it's using a new "museum" in order to do it.

  • The hateful history of the Ku Klux Klan

    The Ku Klux Klan has sown racist terror for 150 years, but a new book focuses on one of the three distinct phases of its existence.

  • The NFL owners' holiday insult

    In having the Washington football team host a Thanksgiving game, it's as if the NFL wants to have a joke at all our expense.

  • Yes, mocking Indian accents is racist

    Hari Kondabolu's The Problem with Apu takes on The Simpsons' longstanding caricature--and reflects growing pride among South Asian Americans.

  • Louise Bryant's red months in Russia

    Louise Bryant's moving eyewitness chronicle of the Russian Revolution deserves to be discovered by a new audience.

  • Not a riot but a revolution

    Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution vividly a unique historical event--when working people took power in Russia.

  • Why four died in Ohio

    A recent book charts the political and social context behind the shooting of four Kent State antiwar protesters in 1970.

  • Did solidarity trump the NFL owners?

    Protesting NFL players, inspired by Colin Kaepernick's protest against racism, have wrung major concessions out of the owners.

  • Trump spurs athletes to action

    More NFL players than ever took a knee during the National Anthem on Sunday after Donald Trump's bigoted remarks.

  • Will Hillary ever forgive us?

    Hillary Clinton does take responsibility in her memoir--for being smarter than anyone else, but the damn-fool voters didn't listen.

  • Not your typical series

    Despite some flaws, Netflix's Atypical makes the case that society is improved by the inclusion of neurodiverse people.

  • The spirit of the Syrian people

    Osama Alomar's book conveys the hope of the Syrian Revolution and the despair of the ongoing counterrevolution.

  • Rebellion with a cause

    A feature film about the 1967 rebellion in Detroit is marred by one-dimensional Black characters and overly sympathetic cops.

  • Solidarity over sectarianism in Belfast

    The book Struggle or Starve tells the hidden story of how working-class Belfast came together to strike against anti-poor laws.

  • The American nightmare

    Today's monsters in Washington remind us of a lesson from the master of horror: The ghouls we should really fear aren't undead.

  • Struggling against all odds

    The latest installment of a documentary series on labor history examines workers' organizing in the face of a repressive state.

  • Rio's Olympic body count

    No matter the country, the legacy of past Olympic Games that always leaves the most lasting mark is the body count.

  • When capitalism is finally history

    The Museum of Capitalism asks visitors to think about the system all around us as if it has already been relegated to the dustbin.

  • Deconstructing Israeli mythology

    Ilan Pappe's Ten Myths About Israel is an excellent book for anyone trying to separate fact from the fiction used to justify Zionism.

  • A North Carolina clinic under siege

    A documentary shows how the anti-choice bigots targeted an abortion clinic in North Carolina--with the help of the authorities.

  • Every cook can govern

    The director of a new documentary on the 20th century Marxist C.L.R. James describes what it took to bring the project to fruition.

  • Saying yes to another world

    Naomi Klein argues that we need to say "no" to scapegoating, privatization and war--but the left needs to discuss what it says "yes" to.

  • Oakland struggles after the spectacle fades

    Celebrities and the super-rich descended on Oakland for the NBA Finals--but not far away, the "other half" barely survives.

  • The question of caste

    Arundhati Roy's book uses a historic debate to underscore the centrality of caste in India, while challenging the myths about Gandhi.