Political Commentary Filter
  1. Coachella, Underground

    “But the festival has little bearing on the lives of people on the valley’s east side, except perhaps as a reminder of how easy it is to not see them.” Investigative journalist Gabriel Thompson explores the lives of Latinos and the undocumented in California’s Coachella Valley, a region known for its annual music festival.

    Current Events
    Illustration by Kate Gavino
  2. On Fear

    Writer and political organizer Alex Press on fear: “It’s hard to imagine such a state of mind, writing from the present. Ours feels like a time of fear, defined by it much as I was then defined by its absence.”

    Abuse
  3. For My Brothers and Sisters

    “My sister and I were once in the Child Welfare System so the death of Tina Fontaine struck me personally.” At Tea&Bannock, guest blogger Kailey Arthurson’s poem calls us to defend the sacred, to defend the children.

    Abuse
    Photo by Tennille K. Campbell
  4. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

    Authors
  5. Ben Kritz

    Manila Times columnist Ben Kritz talks politics, science and technology, economics, and more — visit his site for opinionated deep dives on current events in the U.S. and Philippines.

    Current Events
  6. Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks

    Looking for some good reading during the holiday season? Here’s every story that was chosen as number one in Longreads’ Weekly Top 5 email.

    Authors
    By Kjell Reigstad
  7. John Pavlovitz

    A North Carolina-based pastor, John Pavlovitz writes on the noisy, messy intersection of faith, politics, and social justice in the U.S.

    Commentary
  8. Time Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers

    The Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment are TIME’s Person of the Year 2017.

    Commentary
  9. My Experience At Kid Rock’s Detroit Show As a Liberal Black Woman

    “As much as I’d love to say that I hated the show and wish I hadn’t gone… it was, in fact, entertaining.” Where do we draw the line between politics and entertainment?

    Political Commentary
  10. diaCRITICS

    Co-founded by Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, diaCRITICS covers the arts, culture, and politics of Vietnamese diasporas around the world.

    Art
    Image by manhhai (CC BY 2.0)
  11. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  12. Sphinx: Exploring Antiquity and Modernity

    Neville Morley is a UK-based classics and ancient-history scholar. On his blog, he draws connections between his field of study and contemporary culture and politics.

    Academia
  13. You Can See the Battle Scars

    In Venezuela, journalist Christian Borys talks to the young activists who are torn between leaving for a better future elsewhere, and fighting on in a country that’s becoming less and less livable.

    Current Events
  14. Berfrois

    Founded and edited by Russell Bennetts, Berfrois is a literary-intellectual online magazine based in London, England, covering a range of subjects from poetry to philosophy and science to economics.

    Art
  15. Harper’s Magazine

    Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in the US, exploring current events, politics, society, culture, and the environment through longform narrative journalism and essays from both new voices and distinguished writers.

    Commentary