Culture

Writing the Best Story that She Can

The Prospect talks with Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner and author of the recently published memoir, Men We Reaped.

The Conflicted Gay Pioneer

Donald Webster Cory's 1951 landmark book, The Homosexual in America, inspired early activists. Then he disavowed its message. 

You’re Tearing Us Apart, Tommy!

Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s new book, The Disaster Artist, basks in the delightful weirdness of The Room and its chief architect.

Michael Bay Blows Up Detroit

What does the film industry's relationship with the bankrupt city say about Detroit's future?

Why Liberals Love TV's Fictional Conservatives

ABC's Scandal makes us root for a fundamentally despicable version of American democracy led by a cabal of corrupt Republicans run amok. Should we feel guilty? 

The Missing Piece in Coverage of Texas Evolution Controversies

We hear plenty about the young-earth creationists trying to keep students from hearing about evolution. But what about the moral culpability of the textbook publishers?

Breaking Bad's Endgame

The finale is destined to underwhelm not just because of unreasonable expectations but because the show’s integrity won’t let it do otherwise.

Why "Duck Dynasty" Became the Latest Conservative Cultural Touchstone

Right-wing political figures fall all over themselves to sing the praises of the wacky Robertson clan, the reality TV stars of the moment.

The Conversation: What’s the Best Way to Die?

A doctor and a journalist wrestle with our health-care system’s troubled relationship with death.

The Strategy that Dare Not Speak Its Name

A new book from Ken Pollack unpacks the potential ways the United States could move forward with Iran, and why containment may be the least bad option we have.

Watching Blue Caprice in the City that Serves as Its Stage

The movie based on the 2002 D.C. sniper spree is an odd watch in the wake of this week’s Navy Yard shooting.

The Last of the Late-Term Abortion Providers

A new documentary, After Tiller, follows the only four doctors in the country who will terminate a pregnancy in its last three months.

Rise of the “Nones”

America’s rapidly changing religious landscape

We Shall Overwhelm

A new book explores when and why America’s rich protest. 

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