Don’t Miss a Thing

Get our latest essays, archival selections, reading lists, and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.

March/April 2016

Black Lives Matter! Robin D. G. Kelley leads this issue's forum by suggesting that grassroots political education would strengthen the black student movement, while also questioning the movement's reliance on the language of personal trauma. Michael Eric Dyson, Randall L. Kennedy, Christopher Lebron, Aaron Bady, and others respond. Major Jackson offers a surreal, arresting take on police violence in his new poem, "Ferguson." Anne Fausto-Sterling notes how racist stereotypes are embedded in medical school curricula, and Peter James Hudson critiques recent books on slavery and capitalism for overlooking the vital contributions of radical black scholarship. Joy James reviews a long-lost nineteenth-century memoir that reveals the roots of black incarceration, and Carina del Valle Schorske notes the importance of the historical archive (or lack thereof) to black American poets. Plus, Sarah Hill offers a tribute to her teacher, Sidney Mintz, who made vital contributions to scholarship on the black Atlantic; Stephen Kinzer interviews Andrew J. Bacevich about how we will lose the war for control of the Greater Middle East; Jonathan Kirshner skewers Niall Ferguson's voluminous new book on Kissinger; and erica kaufman celebrates Eileen Myles's skill as a poet.

Editors’ Note

Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen


In Memoriam: The Sweet Life of Sidney Mintz
Sarah Hill
Wonders: I Can't Breathe
Anne Fausto-Sterling


A Modern Marriage
Grace Oluseyi

Books & Ideas

Matters of Choice
Andrew J. Bacevich interviewed by Stephen Kinzer
The Racist Dawn of Capitalism: New Books on the Economy of Bondage
Peter James Hudson
Machinations of Wicked Men: Niall Ferguson’s Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist
Jonathan Kirshner


The Roots of Black Incarceration: Austin Reed’s The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict
Joy James

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler

Lynne Procope introduced by Ross Gay

They Want that New New World: M. NourbeSe Philip’s She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
Carina del Valle Schorske
The End of Gender: Eileen Myles’s I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014 
erica kaufman


Microreviews of Heather Christle, Erika Jo Brown, and more.  

On Film

A Better Self: Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (La giovinezza)
Alan A. Stone


Major Jackson
Ode to Long Johns and Elegy for Prison
Joshua Bennett
Armando Jaramillo Garcia
Natural History
Camille T. Dungy
Cluster at Jawlight
Amy Newlove Schroeder
Von Freeman
John Koethe

Boston Review is nonprofit and reader funded.

Contributions from readers enable us to provide a public space, free and open, for the discussion of ideas. Join this effort – become a supporting reader today.

Sign Up for Our

Vital reading on politics, literature, and more in your inbox. Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter, Monthly Roundup, and event notifications.