Books & Arts


A satire of trauma and a story of more than just survival

The National Spelling Bee’s Biggest Fans

How newspapers have supported our nation’s top spellers since 1925

Fresh Off the Boat: Asian-American Representation

An examination of Asian-American representation in film and television through a culinary lens

The Casual Vacancy and the State of 2015 Britain

In The Casual Vacancy’s Pagford, it is the wealthy who deal in laughable mishaps and the working class who deal in tragedy.

A Language of Their Own: Swahili and Its Influences

The Swahili choice asserts power, not concession. East African culture has embraced the Middle Eastern and Western influences indelibly wound up in it.

A Comedy of Errors: Trevor Noah and the Late-Night Talk Show

Trevor Noah’s appointment to The Daily Show is a step back for gender equality.