Politics+Society

Books

Black and white thinking

In Redeeming Mulatto, Brian Bantum addresses the American tendency to understand race relations in binary terms.

Film

The Iron Lady

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

The Iron Lady, which stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, is the worst biopic since Nixon. It's so cautious that it lacks a coherent point of view, and it's so scattered that it tells you almost exactly nothing.