An 'Accidental Jane Austen Superfan' on Stepping Into Mr. Darcy's Tights and the Wonder of Austenworld

“Some are born Janeites, some achieve Janeism, and some have Janeism thrust upon them,” Ted Scheinman writes in his charming new book, Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. For Scheinman, his temporary entry into Austen fandom was a bit of all three, done “half willingly and half accidentally.”


Philosopher Kate Manne on 'Himpathy,' Donald Trump, and Rethinking the Logic of Misogyny

There are few things more perennially relevant than a book about misogyny, but Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is particularly resonant in the era of #MeToo, Donald Trump, and the often contentious narratives that flow from both. A philosophy professor at Cornell University, Manne uses the tools of her…

Jacqueline Jones Talks Lucy Parsons, the Black Woman Anarchist That History Forgot 

History has nearly forgotten Lucy Parsons (c. 1853-1942), the radical anarchist and orator who enthused working-class audiences for decades with her rhetoric of resistance and violence. She struck fear into the hearts of the Chicago police and businessmen, agitating for workers to seize their rights by whatever means…


Watch Icon Jenifer Lewis Read From Her Autobiography, The Mother of Black Hollywood

In November, the actor Jenifer Lewis published her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, and it is a title she earned. Since the 1970s and ’80s, she has been dominating Broadway and movies with her effervescent spirit and voice, starring in a slew of memorable, maternal roles, including The Fresh Prince’s Aunt Helen…