Rebecca Stoner is a writer living in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Bookforum, Broadly, and elsewhere.
What the Attention Economy Does to Workers—and How It Drives America Insane
Two new books argue that the attention economy is unsustainable—for people, and for the planet.
'The Romance of Believing in Justice': On Arundhati Roy's New Book of Essays
Roy's essays about the environmental and human costs of late-capitalist development read as dispatches from a recent past that will also be our future.
How to Craft Climate Financing That Helps Minorities and Lower-Income Americans
We can help build a non-extractive economy by offering non-exploitative loans to people of color and the formerly incarcerated.
Meet Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the 'Female Byron' Who Shocked British Readers 200 Years Ago
Lucasta Miller's new biography of the poet celebrates her literary triumphs while casting a skeptical eye on the society that rejected her.
Why Pleasure Is So Important, Both Personally and Politically
Two new books argue for the virtues of pleasure—as an end in itself, but also as a political tool.
Tressie McMillan Cottom Seeks to Write 'Powerful Stories That Become a Problem for Power'
McMillan Cottom's new book is a powerful rejoinder to those who want black women to make peace with a marginal status.
Why Communities Across America Are Pushing to Close Waste Incinerators
They can be a threat to public health, and a poor solution to larger environmental problems. Organizers from Baltimore to Detroit to Los Angeles are working for a future without them.
Emily Jungmin Yoon Explores Trauma Across Borders and Generations
Yoon's debut poetry collection draws together contemporary political critique with tales of the comfort women conscripted into sexual slavery during World War II.
'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' Is a Narcoleptic Triumph
Ottessa Moshfegh's unsettling, darkly funny new novel asks readers to wake up.
How Do We Take Down Rape Culture? Telling Stories Is Just the Beginning.
Considering a new anthology of stories about rape culture—and two other anthologies about how to end it.
'Segregation's Constant Gardeners': How White Women Kept Jim Crow Alive
Meet the good white mothers, PTA members, and newspaper columnists who were also committed white supremacists.