Edition 188

2017: A Close Reading

By Brandon Tensley

Dec. 14, 2017

This edition of the Weekly highlights material New America staffers have read in 2017 to help them fill up the tank as they head into 2018.

2017: A Close Reading

This edition of the Weekly highlights material New America staffers have read in 2017 to help them fill up the tank as they head into 2018.


Journalism, Still Our Best Public Watchdog

Journalism is often excoriated for producing more noise than signal, but the sexual harassment investigations show the impact it can have.


Finding Inspiration in the Messy Muck of Protest

A book about the female codebreakers of World War II shows the radical resilience of women pushing back against a sexist society.


Embrace Fear—or at Least a Better Understanding of It

If you gain a better understanding of what's making you scared, in 2018, you'll start to party like it was 1999.


Searching for the Spirit of Democracy

Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal political critique bears directly on the crisis of American democracy almost two centuries later.


The Elusive Allure of Joy

At a time when the world seems to give us little to be merry about, The Book of Joy offers a blueprint for finding—and holding onto—joy.


The Poetry Looking to Make the World More Inclusive

Aja Monet's poetry takes readers to a world that re-centers the experiences of women of color.


How Ta-Nehisi Coates Burrows into Our Collective Imagination

New writing from Coates surfaces conversations around race that America has long avoided.