The Lessons of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

“Margaret Atwood’s new novel is being greeted as the long-awaited feminist dystopia, and I am afraid that for some time it will be viewed as a test of the imaginative power of feminist paranoia,” the writer and critic Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in 1986, soon after the publication of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. To […]

Are Your Commie Children Right?

xA specter is haunting the straight white liberal sixtysomething American dad—the specter of his damn socialist kids. A generation that grew up eating Cold War propaganda with their cornflakes confronts one in which socialism regularly outpolls capitalism, and it’s happening across the breakfast table. New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: […]

The Gawker Case Has Become More Interesting

Reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, right, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and his attorney David Houston, left, look on as attorney Charles Harder, speaks during a news conference at the United States Courthouse, in Tampa, Florida. Review Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue By Ryan […]

I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous | The Star

Several years ago, Jordan Peterson told me he wanted to buy a church. This was long before he became known as “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world,” as he was described in the pages of the New York Times a few months ago. It was before he was fancied to be a […]

The Opposite of Respect:  Sally Kohn and the ‘Exploitation’ of Aminatou Sow

Graphic: Elena Scotti (GMG), photos: AP, Getty Images When political commentator Sally Kohn sent Aminatou Sow, host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, a passage from her forthcoming book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity in which she is quoted, Sow was confused. The quote harkened back to a night […]

The New Jim Crow Has Been Banned in Both Florida and North Carolina Prisons

Getty Over 130,000 adults combined in Florida and North Carolina are banned from reading The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book about the effects of mass incarceration, according to a report by The New York Times. Earlier this month, the ACLU blasted New Jersey state prisons for what it said was an unconstitutional ban […]

Fire And Fury doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know—and that’s why it’s important

Photo: Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images Photo: Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images “You’ve got the LeBron James of money laundering investigations on you, Jarvanka,” Steve Bannon yells at the apex of Fire And Fury, Michael Wolff’s gossipy book about the first year of the Trump White House. “My asshole just got so tight!” Thus starts nearly 2,000 […]

New Program Would Restrict New York Prisoners’ Access to All But the Dumbest Books

Image via AP. New York State has launched a new “program” that would severely limit one of the few earthly pleasures permitted to prisoners during their time behind bars: Books. Directive 4911A, which is being piloted at three prisons around the state, limits the items available to inmates to just six vendors, ostensibly to “enhance […]