Arts & Culture
Five Years after Ursula K. Le Guin’s Death, We Need Her More Than Ever
Ursula K. Le Guin tended the embers of revolt in a new age of imperialism and counterrevolution. She tasked us with stoking them into a blaze.
Jason KoslowskiJanuary 22, 2023
Move to Unionize Waitress Tour Could Rewrite How the Theater Industry Operates
Actors’ Equity Association is trying to unionize a workplace for the first time in 20 years. It’s one of the most progressive developments in theater in a long time, and has the potential to rewrite the way the industry operates.
Ezra BrainApril 15, 2022
Why Was a Ukrainian Filmmaker Censured for ‘Denying the Russians’ Collective Responsibility?’
The Ukrainian Film Academy has expelled a director for saying he does not consider all Russian people enemies. Right-wing nationalism is not the solution to the invasion.
Daniel WerstApril 8, 2022
This 50-Year-Old Film from East Germany Shows the Last Days of Karl Liebknecht
Karl Liebknecht was murdered 103 years ago. The East German biopic "In Spite of Everything" premiered 50 years ago today and shows his final days.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 14, 2022
‘Don’t Look Up’: Why the Climate Crisis Isn’t a Comet, and Why That Matters
'Don’t Look Up' presents an opportunity to reignite the climate movement. That means we have to look beyond its creators’ calls for individual action.
Emma LeeJanuary 1, 2022
“Squid Game” Is an Allegory for Capitalist Society
In the hit Korean show “Squid Game,” working-class contestants are given a gruesome chance to win millions, or die trying. An allegory for capitalism, the show’s “game” can only exist because of the structural poverty produced under our exploitative system.
Luis VelázquezOctober 4, 2021
May the 4th (International) Be With You
Today, May 4th, is Star Wars Appreciation Day. For leftists, Rogue One within the Star Wars canon is a favorite: it shows a political and revolutionary approach to fighting the Empire.
Julia WallaceMay 4, 2021
Tony Award-Winning Producer Scott Rudin Is a Monster to His Workers
One of the most powerful men in show business routinely physically attacks his staff.
Ezra BrainApril 9, 2021
KRS-One’s New Album Offers Revolutionary Ideas for the Time “Between Da Protests”
KRS-One has been rapping since 1987 — three decades of expressing radical Black politics and not selling out. His new album Between Da Protests is a manifesto for Black Lives Matter.
Daniel WerstMarch 31, 2021
Stagehands Picket for Contract in New Haven, Connecticut
Stagehands working at a theater in New Haven, Connecticut, have been picketing to demand a new contract for a week. They work in jobs that have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Olivia WoodMarch 15, 2021