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How US Abortion Politics Distorts Women’s Lives in Conflict Zones

Rwenyawawa hospital was packed. Hundreds of women, most of them with babies slung across their backs or weighing heavily in their arms, crowded under the tin roofs of the vast open-air waiting areas, standing by with the resigned patience of people who are used to waiting. Uganda is home to more refugees than any other […]

On a Quest to Know Everything

The July 1, 2021 issue features “As American as Family Separation,” Hari Kunzru’s review of two books about immigration politics and the detaining of migrant children. Since his first article for the Review, in 2019, Kunzru has become a regular contributor—and one notable for the range of his interests, from autocracy to technology, to race […]

Brazil’s Fotoclubistas in Focus

“Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964,” currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, presents some sixty black-and-white photographs by members of the amateur Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante (FCCB) in São Paulo. Created in 1939, the club not only served as a social haven for upper-middle-class amateur photography buffs, but it also...

Medicine

My best friend Dave sends me his punishing techno.He can’t write moral philosophy without Dr. Rubinsteindrilling holes in his head. We should offer drugs to prisonersas an alternative to prison is his thesis. Pills to flatten libido.Pills for compliance. Though computers can seamlesslybeat-match on their behalf most DJs consider it immoral.Some inmates...

Dostoevsky and His Demons

How should one narrate the life of a great writer? Joseph Frank’s five-volume biography of Dostoevsky, now supplemented by his Lectures on Dostoevsky, revivified the form by situating the novelist within the ideological struggles of his day. The many fascinating primary sources about Dostoevsky’s life inspired Thomas Marullo to experiment with a new...

A Most Adaptable Party

In February the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, held a gala reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to announce a momentous accomplishment: the elimination of extreme rural poverty in China. The grand event—in an enormous ballroom with hundreds of dignitaries flown in from around the country—was carefully timed to kick off a […]

In Her Own Voice

When I watch footage of Lorraine Hansberry—a striking enunciator and the fiery and brilliantly self-possessed Black woman best known for her play A Raisin in the Sun—I sometimes forget the sense of belatedness I felt when I wrote about her life in Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (2018). I […]

I Burn Time

like tires at a checkpoint,alone I choke,alone I pollute the air. Nightmares are still budding,caught in nets,and I can’t stop my urgeto empty my bladder. Annually you die,each year in a different manner.And this year I’m thinkingof your enormous gut: it was exhausting to tieyour brown shoes.And your panting heart,I heard it today in a […]

More Than Accomplices

One morning in the late spring of 1996, while reporting on the aftermath of the conflict in Bosnia, I was filming in a churchyard in Pale, the wartime capital of the Bosnian Serb statelet of Republika Srpska, when I noticed a rather dowdy older woman walking up the path to pay respects to a grave. […]

Imperial Delusions

In the summer of 1932 Eric Williams arrived in England from the British colony of Trinidad. Like most of the island’s population, his family was so poor that he and his eleven siblings had rarely tasted milk. But from his earliest youth his father, a disillusioned postal clerk, obsessively pressured him to achieve academic success. […]

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