Arts & Entertainment

The Black Arts Movement

New York Review of Books

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Ishmael Reed
A New Flame for Black Fire

What will be the legacy of the Black Arts Movement?

Regina Marler
Behind the Mask

After rejecting the gendered fixations of the Surrealist movement, Méret Oppenheim embraced an androgynous art of the unconscious.

Marilynne Robinson
A Theology of the Present Moment

Can bringing Scripture and science back into dialogue help answer the question of why there is something rather than nothing?

Ben Lerner
The Faces of Victor Serge

The radical writer’s novels are unsettling explorations of the tension between individual and collective life.

Free from the Archives

On January 15, 1892—131 years ago today—a physical education teacher named James Naismith published in a college newspaper the official rules of basketball, a sport he had been developing that winter in a Massachusetts gymnasium. (The first official game was played five days later in Albany, New York, ending in a score of 1–0.) In the Review’s July 15, 1999, issue, John Gregory Dunne wrote about the end of Michael Jordan’s reign over basketball, and the changes he wrought on the game (and on sports media).

John Gregory Dunne
Birth of a Salesman

“With Michael Jordan, the NBA began promoting players rather than teams, the sizzle as well as the steak, selling entertainment instead of just a game. It was rock-and-roll with tall people, dancing girls, strobe lighting, luxury boxes, and Jumbotron screens on which the fans could watch the game and themselves.”

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