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Little Boy

Richard Crepeau New York Journal of Books
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a leading figure of the mid-twentieth century culture of revolt, has just turned 100 years old. Reviewer Crepeau here discusses the poet and writer's newest novel.

Us and Jordan Peele’s New Horror

Vann R. Newkirk 11 The Atlantic
In his latest film the comedian turned director continues to reinvent how the genre uses fear to comment on humanity’s evil. Us is a movie about marginalization, about those “Americans” rising up from the underclasses and dispossessing the masters.

Understanding Antioxidants

Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School
Studies have shown benefits from diets rich in them but results from randomized controlled trials of antioxidant supplements support the claim that it is better to supply your antioxidants from a well-rounded diet.

The Radical Sincerity of The OA

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
With San Francisco, The OA has a locale that embodies all the fractures of the current moment: the dichotomy between rich and poor, the ongoing disruptions in the way people experience reality.

School photo: The Jewish school, Warsaw 1929

Jane Spiro Intimate Riches in a Little Room
For the London-born poet Jane Spiro, her father’s school photo taken in 1929 represents the “before” but cannot foresee the changes that await a Polish-born Jewish boy.

Brecht’s Poetry: Angry or Evil?

Michael Wood The London Review of Books
An extended ode to the revolutionary German playwright-genius Bertolt Brecht, whose exhaustive new collected poems exalt combating injustice while keeping faith in his fidelity to dissent.

Folk Witness

John T. Edge Oxford American
What draws us to seek pleasure and solace in places often referred to as joints and shacks? Is this about time travel? Are they portals to a Southern past? Is it rooted in rooted in class difference, and a want to span that chasm?