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Netflix’s Secret City Shows How Technology Is Changing Spycraft

Samantha Nelson The Verge
Another update to the standard thriller formula is Secret City’s unabashedly feminist bent. Starting with gender-flipping Uhlmann and Lewis’ protagonist, Secret City’s writers made all of the story’s biggest power players women.


Esther Kamkar
California poet Esther Kamkar’s “Undocumented” puts the great Wall debate in botanical perspective.

Nostalgia for the Future

Thomas Gibbs Counterfire
Luigi Nono’s writings offer an invaluable insight into the unity of thought of one of the twentieth century’s greatest musical minds. Unlike many other prominent contemporary composers, he was on the side of the world’s working classes.

The World Come of Age

Tyler Davis Reading Religion
This timely study, writes reviewer Davis, "recovers the theoretical integrity and conceptual complexity of a movement often reduced to the practical challenges it presented to establishment theologies."

Are Sweet Potatoes Healthy? Here's What the Experts Say

Cassie Shortsleeve Time Health
Sweet potatoes—the orange, yellow and purple varieties of the root vegetable—are lower in calories and carbohydrates than the average spud. They’re also rich in vitamin A, C, B6, fiber, potassium, and magnesium.

What Can ‘True Detective’ Tell Us About Race?

Micah Peters The Ringer
The casting of Mahershala Ali provided an opportunity for the HBO show to explore new themes it its third season, but in the end it all felt a little vague and perfunctory

The Business of Guns

Anne Champion Chiron Review
Massachusetts poet Anne Champion raises a protest against the sale of guns and weapons of mass destruction.

Inside Every Foreigner

Jackson Lears London Review of Books
With public support rising for a living-waged Green New Deal as a job creating and environmental lifeline, its a good time to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of FDR's program. The review of his recent biography does that.