Cirocco Dunlap on her weird new web series, everything is okay, not being lonely, and little rocks that are actually turtles.

by Brendon Barnes


‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

The Wisconsin case before the Supreme Court claims to be about partisanship. But race is a factor in this case and many others nationwide.

by Olga Pierce and Kate Rabinowitz


When You’re White, You’re Family

A modest proposal for fixing America, top to bottom. Like, completely.

by Brendon Barnes


How World War I sparked the artistic movement that transformed black America

A “New Negro” emerged out of the ruins of the Great War – possessed with a sense of self shaped from bold, unapologetically black models.

by Elizabeth J. West


quote of the day

“Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir on Sunday.


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Under the microscope

In Catapult, Emily Fridlund's stories bristle with a menacing domesticity.

by Nickalus Rupert

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A Fine Diet

"There is the winter I fall from the bannister two flights. I break all my ribs except two, puncture my little sack of lung, and crack a single vertebra..."

by Henry Goldkamp


American, Gothic: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer

The acclaimed novelist on his new comic book series, and the fear and violence at the heart of American culture.

by Brendon Barnes


How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its 'Vietnam Syndrome'

Since America's "living room war," journalists have tussled with the US government over how best to convey the costs of war.

by Paul Joseph