Politics+Society

Books

The world slavery made

Edward Baptist so powerfully captures the pain and tragedy of plantation slavery that I had to force myself to turn each page.

Books

The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

For Elizabeth Kolbert, the human story reads like a Greek tragedy. Near the end, we realize too late that we brought about our own demise.

Books

Why Place Matters, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister

Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, California, that “there is no there there.” Contrary to this being a putdown of her home city, she meant that because the house she grew up in was torn down, she no longer had a connection to that place. Mobility, globalization, and modern technology have eroded a sense of place. Much of the time we live in virtual reality.