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12 Years a Female Slave—Not Coming to a Theatre Near You

We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film.

Bretton Woods Revisited

John Maynard Keynes’s monetary strategy was awkward and utopian. Don’t underestimate what it accomplished.

Soul Food's Contested History

Does a new account with recipes get it right?

Dave Eggers Is Worried about America

The famously hopeful novelist's move to dystopian fiction in The Circle.

 

Mailer's Mark

His writing turned out to be mortal. But in post–World War II American culture, he’s still a giant.  

Lou Reed's Incorrigible Genius

The legendary singer-songwriter of the Velvet Underground died Sunday. 

The False Glow of Remembered Childhood

The next time somebody says "Things were more innocent when I was a kid," tell them to wake up.

Jezebel Grew Up

The website used upstart humor to teach feminism to a generation. Now it’s a media “influencer.”  

The Seven Stages of Important Black Film Fatigue

For the black filmgoer, movies like 12 Years a Slave aren't mere popcorn fare—anger, annoyance, and vulnerability often follow when history is commodified by Hollywood.

Dick Cheney Still Thinks He Was a Character on "24"

The former vice president reminds us of what a hard time Bush administration officials had distinguishing between fantasy and reality.

Don't Kill Your Darlings!

The fact that you love them doesn't mean they're worthless. Maybe you're right!

Writing the Best Story that She Can

The Prospect talks with Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner and author of the recently published memoir, Men We Reaped.

The Conflicted Gay Pioneer

Donald Webster Cory's 1951 landmark book, The Homosexual in America, inspired early activists. Then he disavowed its message. 

You’re Tearing Us Apart, Tommy!

Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s new book, The Disaster Artist, basks in the delightful weirdness of The Room and its chief architect.

Michael Bay Blows Up Detroit

What does the film industry's relationship with the bankrupt city say about Detroit's future?

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