Tag: history

Upending the Archive

April 2016

The genre-bending writer on queering history and restoring lost voices to American fiction.

The Men and Women Like Him

December 2015

A year ago he brought the pox blankets back to the natives after a well-meaning group of illegal tourists stole them away. On return he had a sort of quiet breakdown.

Fiction Tells a Truth That History Cannot

November 2015

On being mentored by Breyten Breytenbach and Paul Bowles.

Avi Asher-Schapiro: Working in the Coal Mine

April 2015

In the 19th and 20th centuries, energy workers were at the forefront of progressive social reform. Is a similar union possible in the current age of fracking, oil sands, and climate change?

Jay Walljasper: Saving the World’s Holy Places

March 2015

A narrow interpretation of what’s sacred limits efforts to protect natural treasures.

DW Gibson: Don’t Call This the East Village

March 2015

A squatter’s history of gentrification.

Violently Wrought

November 2014

The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings on Bob Marley, writing terror explicitly, and why sloppiness serves good storytelling.

Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than Words

October 2014

The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.

Geoff Watkinson: What We Lost

September 2014

On teaching 9/11.

Eduardo Galeano: Century of Disaster

August 2014

The Uruguayan writer on riddles, lies, and lives.

Noam Chomsky: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

August 2014

On the nuclear weapons era, or the true end of the beginning.

Alexandria Peary: Declined

June 2014

What literary ambition meant for women in the nineteenth century—and what it means today.

Ramiro G. Hinojosa: Lessons from an Unremarkable War

June 2014

World War II is not a war we have to live up to. It’s a war we have to learn from.

Angela Lang: A Kinship with Gabriel García Márquez

April 2014

Shared reading of García Márquez’s books was a way of finding an outlet for feelings kept and unsaid.

Peter Linebaugh: Stop, Thief!

April 2014

On commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons.

Walking With the Wind

March 2014

The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.

Robert Reich: The Great U-Turn

March 2014

Reversing America's great U-turn.

Nick Turse: Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

February 2014

After enough time, who still actually cares?

Robert Reich: Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten

February 2014

The extraordinary u-turn in the course of the American economy.

Rudy Koshar: What Should Haunt Us About World War I?

February 2014

Millions of Europeans saw World War I as a positive thing.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Soldiers Get 9/11 Lessons

August 2013

The U.S. military's lessons in recent history.

Jennifer MacKenzie: Waiting for Ataturk

July 2013

On Taksim, tear gas, and loving a tyrant because he feeds you.

Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common Ground

May 2013

Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.

Eduardo Galeano: The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even Nature

May 2013

From walking libraries and a god named “Word” to what Sherlock Holmes never said.

Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

April 2013

Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.

Losing the Plot

April 2013

The Booker Prize nominated novelist talks about his obsession with Pynchon, history as interference, & why literary fiction needn’t forsake the pleasures of suspense.

Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

March 2013

In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.

Lucy McKeon: Django and Jefferson

February 2013

Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.

The Prophet’s Path

February 2013

The journalist and "accidental theologist" discusses distinguishing human from legend in her latest book on the founder of Islam.

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.

Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead Worlds

December 2012

Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.

Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged History

December 2012

An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.

Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil War

November 2012

Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.

Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

July 2012

How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country's most pressing issues.

Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and History

July 2012

How Berlin's past shapes its present and future as an artist base.

The Messy Business of Tacos

July 2012

Unwrapping the history of Mexico's real national snack uncovers classism, dynamite, and shifting definitions of culture.

Ed Winstead: Empty and Blue and Serene

June 2012

Even supporters of North Carolina's gay-marriage ban know it won't last 20 years. Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence.

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.