Tag: violence

Frida Berrigan: “Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”

August 2016

Children, toy guns, and the real thing.

Lara Naughton: America’s Prison Rodeo

July 2016

In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.

Major Jackson: Where Scars Reside

April 2016

The Kiss: The observation of a kiss brings on a stream of memories.

Juan Villoro: Violence-Meter

June 2015

The acclaimed Mexican author confronts the normalization of violence.

A Boy My Sister Dated in High School

May 2015

When the boy she was dating hit my sister, it made a sharp cracking sound, just like it does in the movies.


March 2015

Lost and found in the femicide regions of the US-Mexico border.

Manash Bhattacharjee: Let Children Be

February 2015

On violence against children after the Peshawar tragedy.

Céline Sciamma: Bande De Filles

February 2015

Alex Zafiris talks to French director Céline Sciamma about her new film, Girlhood.

Andrew Johnson: On Impunity

November 2014

I’ve always been given the benefit of the doubt.

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.

Lois Beckett: Violence and Mental Health

June 2014

An interview with behavioral health expert Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.

Mallika Kaur: Ten Thousand Pairs of Shoes

June 2014

Finally talking about June 1984---30 years later---will honor the dead and protect the living.

Helen Benedict: The Moral Confusion of Post-War America

May 2014

At a Manhattan bookstore, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim’s reading touches off a discussion of more than just literature.

Francisco Cantú: A Massacre, Recurring

April 2014

In Shadows at Dawn, historian Karl Jacoby uses a single moment of bloodshed to examine the persistence of violence in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage

April 2014

How America’s wars came home with the troops.

Richard Falk: The Westgate Mall Massacre & the Rage of Fanaticism

September 2013

How does truth inform genocide, and vice versa?

Joaquin Sapien: Questions Arise in Effort to End Prison Rape

September 2013

It took years to enact tougher standards for investigating and punishing sexual violence in jails and prisons. Now, there is frustration over how those reforms will be enforced.

Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. Joe

August 2013

Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.

James Dawes: The Guts of Atrocity

July 2013

Legacy Russell talks with the author of Evil Men about conversing with war criminals and the paradoxes of naming "evil deeds."

The Answer is Colombia

June 2013

Reading Gabriel García Márquez’s morbidity in the happiest country on earth.

Rafia Zakaria: The Tragedies of Other Places

April 2013

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil.

Joe Van Acker: Indefensible

April 2013

Hockey’s toughest tradition is harder to support than ever.

Chase Madar: The School Security America Doesn’t Need

February 2013

After Newtown: turning schools into prisons

The Dark Side of Asperger’s

February 2013

Adam Lanza may have had Asperger's, a condition our author lives with. Marginalizing him—whether he’s 'one of us' or not—only further compounds the tragedy.

Justin Mortimer: Contorted View

January 2013

Reed Cooley speaks with the artist on his recent exhibition at Haunch of Venison’s Chelsea gallery.

Rachel Arons: Broadwell, Kelley, and the Cinematic Catfight

November 2012

The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.

Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is Forbidden

November 2012

Recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle. Facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege.

Maura Fitzgerald: Better Aim

August 2012

In response to the Wisconsin and Aurora shootings, a writer reflects on communal responsibility, gun violence, and American understandings of difference.

Mallika Kaur: Fear None, Frighten None

August 2012

After Sunday's shootings, Sikh Americans in Milwaukee and elsewhere need and deserve an informed response.

Legacy Russell: Dead Troops1 Talk

August 2012

On bearing witness, re-viewing trauma.

Stephan Salisbury: Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

July 2012

The Aurora shooting gets the attention, but guns are going off everywhere.

Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” War

July 2012

Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.

Abhimanyu Das: Bat-Mythos

July 2012

Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings

Katie Ryder: Aurora

July 2012

Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.

Jina Moore: Colorado, Gun Control and the Great American Malaise

July 2012

Can we afford to be this cynical?

Rob Spillman: Jury Duty

July 2012

A month on a Grand Jury reveals what happens when guns are cheap and easy to come by.

Eli Cane: Wounds and Scars

July 2012

A Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Reservation went to Rapid City for heart surgery and came back with Klan insignia carved into his chest.

Gang, Interrupted

February 2012

Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s new film follows former gang members who neutralize Chicago gang violence

From Catastrophes

December 2011 They string people upside down from the verandas and split them with bayonets. Halved people hang in rows and the blood drips pif-pif-paf in the snow.

Listen to the Banned

December 2010

Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.

A Carefully Crafted F**k You

March 2010

The gender-theorist-turned-philosopher-of-nonviolence discusses the choices that make people expendable, the violent foundation of nonviolent activism, and the role grief can play in setting a new course.

On the Emancipation of Women

January 2010

Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.