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.
Can Cities Build Their Way to Housing Equity? A New Book Suggests Not.
Sam Stein's Capital City offers a blistering and persuasive critique of how real estate dominates city planning—to the detriment of most residents.
Three New Books of Florida Fiction Capture the Paradoxes and Richness of the State
Step aside, Florida Man—new books from Karen Russell, Colson Whitehead, and Kristen Arnett have stories to tell about the state that go beyond stereotypes.
'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.
In 'Dignity,' Chris Arnade Offers an Empathetic Study of Trump's America
Arnade demonstrates the virtues of a journalism based on empathy. But he also shows that empathy alone is insufficient without a sharper historical and political analysis.
Two New Accounts of How Corporations (and Conservatives) Have Thwarted Action on Climate Change
Nathaniel Rich recounts America's failure to act on global warming in the 1980s; Bill McKibben offers dire prophecies about climate—and artificial intelligence.
Reparations Are Possible—They Happened in Virginia
In his new book, Ken Woodley recounts how Prince Edward County, Virginia, finally began to make amends.
How the Criminal Underworld Was Invented by the Middle and Upper Classes
In his latest book, French historian Dominique Kalifa investigates how mainstream representations of poverty have been used for centuries to harm the poor.
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.
How to Think About Climate Change When You're Very, Very Afraid
In his new book, David Wallace-Wells lays out the grim scenarios that await humans under climate change—but also his reasons for hope.