Lara Naughton: America’s Prison RodeoJuly 2016
In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.
Tana Wojczuk: Shakespeare on the FrontierFebruary 2016
Is Shakespeare Dead?: A cultural inferiority complex leads to a quirky vision of the Bard.
Now that she had shared a story, the Mother said, he must tell her one of his own. Something that had happened to him. He could tell that she meant something terrible.
The Fifth FlavorJune 2015
Boundaries of Taste: Umami gives identity and intricacy to mother’s milk, a bowl of ramen, a writer poised between Japan and America.
Pretty IsJune 2015
Only then can you forgive a girl for being pretty: if she’s an idiot or a liar.
Afternoon CowboysFebruary 2015
“Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum. Straight out of a Western movie.” He handed it over to Brady, who gripped the black rubber handle and ran a finger on the sleek, cold metal barrel.
Richard Falk: Why Foreign Military Intervention Usually Fails in the 21st CenturyNovember 2014
There is still a mysterious connection between military inferiority and political victory.
David Bromwich: The Importance of Being ExceptionalOctober 2014
On American exceptionalism and its discontents.
Tom Engelhardt: Power DrainSeptember 2014
The mystery of the 21st century in a helter-skelter world.
Freedom MandateSeptember 2014
When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools.
William J. Astore: The American Cult of BombingAugust 2014
Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.
Robert Reich: The Disease of American DemocracyAugust 2014
Why Americans are sick of politics.
Mitchell S. Jackson: How To Catch a Racist, the Donald Sterling EditionMay 2014
Who decides the worth of black men in America?
David Morris: Republican Principles Depend on What’s Best for the RichJanuary 2014
A stark look at class warfare in Congress.
Lewis Lapham: Laughing into DarknessDecember 2013
Why humor saves, with help from Twain.
Millions of Americans Are StrangeNovember 2013
Frank pays John to meet him at a hotel when Frank is in town so John can tie him up and leave him alone like that for eight to ten hours.
Kim Barker: ‘America Is Not Stupid’ Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt NonprofitOctober 2013
The group spent over $125,000 on election campaigns in 2012, but that was not enough for the IRS to deny their application.
Lewis Lapham: Raiding ConciousnessDecember 2012
Why the War on Drugs is a War on Human Nature.
Stealing LibertiesSeptember 2012
Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler on why bad guys deserve rights, how small-town officials wield big-time power, and why Obama has been bad for the Constitution.
The End of Gore VidalAugust 2012
The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.
High Schools, or How to Be Asian AmericanJuly 2012
After my parents were divorced I fell in love with the ugliest girl in my white high school. This was what I believed—the love part, I mean; the ugly part was true.
Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a HillMay 2012
On staring death in the face and not noticing.
Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Todd Gitlin On America’s Divine ExceptionalismFebruary 2011
|The inaugural episode of Guernica editor-at-large Mark Dowie’s interview series features sociologist Todd Gitlin, who argues that the relationship between America and Israel is steeped in the belief that both nations were “chosen” by God.|