Politics+Society

Books

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone

My great-grandfather was lynched. It was not a big affair in the town square; it happened on a dusty southern road. But its imprint and the communal denial in the small southern town that is our homeland have had lasting reverberations for generations of my family.

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.