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Frida Kahlo: Communist, Feminist, Global Commodity

Lauren Kaori Gurley The Indypendent
A look at a new and extensive retrospective of the outstanding Mexican artist’s work at New York’s Brooklyn Museum through more than 350 objects shows Kahlo’s political and artistic life in all of its complexities and contradictions.

Dying of Whiteness

Tana Ganeva Raw Story
In this interview, author Jonathan M. Metzl, a physician and social scientist, talks about traveling through Trump country to find that the politics of "white racial resentment" is poisoning and sickening GOP voters as well as our politics.

Netflix’s Secret City Shows How Technology Is Changing Spycraft

Samantha Nelson The Verge
Another update to the standard thriller formula is Secret City’s unabashedly feminist bent. Starting with gender-flipping Uhlmann and Lewis’ protagonist, Secret City’s writers made all of the story’s biggest power players women.


Esther Kamkar
California poet Esther Kamkar’s “Undocumented” puts the great Wall debate in botanical perspective.

Nostalgia for the Future

Thomas Gibbs Counterfire
Luigi Nono’s writings offer an invaluable insight into the unity of thought of one of the twentieth century’s greatest musical minds. Unlike many other prominent contemporary composers, he was on the side of the world’s working classes.

The World Come of Age

Tyler Davis Reading Religion
This timely study, writes reviewer Davis, "recovers the theoretical integrity and conceptual complexity of a movement often reduced to the practical challenges it presented to establishment theologies."

Are Sweet Potatoes Healthy? Here's What the Experts Say

Cassie Shortsleeve Time Health
Sweet potatoes—the orange, yellow and purple varieties of the root vegetable—are lower in calories and carbohydrates than the average spud. They’re also rich in vitamin A, C, B6, fiber, potassium, and magnesium.