The Plot Against America review – fascism grips in taut political allegory by Lucy Mangan

The Wire writers David Simon and Ed Burns craft an expert adaptation of Philip Roth’s alternative history novel charting the impact of Charles Lindbergh’s rise to the presidency We may never know what prompted two of the most sociopolitically concerned writers in modern television history to turn at this precise juncture to adapting Philip Roth’s …

A short story

Janelle was surprised when the butler asked her to come up to the bedroom. He looked disapproving, stiffly leading the way upstairs, as though he thought her unworthy to be allowed anywhere farther than the lowest floor where the gym was. Janelle followed him through the apartment; there was gold everywhere, on the floors and …

Why Obama shouldn’t have had to ‘show his papers’ – GOLDIE TAYLOR of THE GRIO

“Show me your papers!” Major Blackard, then just 19 years old, dug into his trousers in search of his wallet. He patted his jacket, but could not find his billfold. “Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said. Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and …

The First White President The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy. This essay is drawn from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power.

IT IS INSUFFICIENT TO STATE the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but …