Catching Up to Pauli Murray

Her words and actions on behalf of African-Americans and women propelled two of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century

Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage

by Pauli Murray, with an introduction by Patricia Bell-Scott

‘Every Time I Look at It I Feel Ill’

René Magritte: The Fifth Season

an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 19–October 28, 2018

The Suffocation of Democracy

No matter how and when the Trump presidency ends, the specter of illiberalism will continue to haunt American politics.

Making Herself the Subject

A Life of My Own

by Claire Tomalin

The Autocracy App

The growing consensus is that Facebook’s power needs checking. Fewer agree on what its greatest harms are—and still fewer on what to do about them.

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

by Jaron Lanier

Out of Renoir’s Shadow

Jacques Becker

a series of films at Film Forum, New York City, August 1–16, 2018

An Enduring Shame

‘The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison “Promiscuous” Women’ by Scott Wasserman Stern

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison “Promiscuous” Women

by Scott Wasserman Stern

An Explosion of Pure Fact

In ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Döblin was following his basic crazed principle: every element of a novel should be pursued further than it had been before.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

by Alfred Döblin, translated from the German and with an afterword by Michael Hofmann

Matters of Tolerance

‘The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World’ by Simon Winchester

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

by Simon Winchester

The View from the Attic

A View of the Empire at Sunset

by Caryl Phillips

Should We Reopen the Asylums?

Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

by Stacy Horn

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity

by Theodore M. Porter

No One Cares About Crazy People: My Family and the Heartbreak of Mental Illness in America

by Ron Powers

Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

by Alisa Roth

Rough Riders

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

by John Branch

The Immigrant at Home

A Terrible Country

by Keith Gessen

American Devilry

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

by Ben Fountain

Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “The American Dream”

by Sarah Churchwell

Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law

by James Q. Whitman


Responses to ‘Reflections from a Hashtag’

Readers write in about Jian Ghomeshi’s article in the October 10, 2018 issue

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