The Federal Writers’ Project narratives provide an all-too-rare link to our past.
In This Issue
Inheritance: Narratives of the enslaved, forgotten founder Prince Hall, the Voting Rights Act, and Anna Deavere Smith on forging Black identity. Plus Charles “Teenie” Harris, ultra-fast fashion, the Earth’s deep past, Caroline Shaw, hyperpop, nervous breakdowns, and more.
Why I’ve made it my mission to teach others about Prince Hall
Black civil-rights activists—and especially Black women—delivered on the promise of the Founding. Their victories are in peril.
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Our climate models could be missing something big.
Even a pandemic can’t stop people from buying clothes they don’t need.
How tea bags, cigarette foil, bedsheets, and more can turn into a masterpiece
In 1968, history found us at a small women’s college, forging our Black identity and empowering our defiance.
Caroline Shaw is often cited as proof that the genre has an exciting future.
It used to be okay to admit that the world had simply become too much.
Charles “Teenie” Harris captured at least 125,000 people during the 40 years he documented Black life for The Pittsburgh Courier.
Culture & Critics
Hyperpop could become the countercultural sound of the 2020s.
Understanding America in the giant company’s shadow
Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel explores the mind, and heart, of an internet-addled protagonist.
For Britain’s leading postwar playwright, virtuosity and uncertainty go hand in hand.
Readers respond to our December 2020 cover story and more.
You’ll be happier if you grade reality on a curve.