Tag: colonialism

The Alchemy of Cinema

September 2015

The documentarian on white savior narratives, making enemies of gunrunners and governments, and nonfiction film as art.

Eduardo Galeano: God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke?

July 2015

Barbarians and apes—from the Opium Wars to the origin of the species.

The War of Forgetting

May 2015

Inspired by Eduardo Galeano, the discovery that all wars—personal, territorial, political—have afterlives in our grief and memory.

A Gentleman’s War

April 2014

In the fields of Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay, a documentarian explores the transnational landscape of the sport of cricket.

Emma Rosenberg and Mario Alejandro Ariza: Freedom Gained or Freedom Imposed?

July 2013

The appointment of the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic presents both risks and opportunities.

Fifty Shades of Feminism

April 2013

The cultural historian on the rhetoric of freedom, bossy white women, and the prospects of beating patriarchy by 2040.

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary Knowledge

January 2013

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.

Michelle Legro: Mercator Turns 500

April 2012

Ah, to be at the center of the world! How Gerard Mercator changed history by creating the first useful map.


By Catherine Chung from a novel-in-progress, guest-edited by Alexander Chee
June 2008

She was limp and sweaty but I snuggled into the comfortable softness of her. They had cut her open, and she was whole. She looked very tired and sick; on her gown, blood bloomed like a slow flower.