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Zadie Smith’s debut White Teeth was part of a wave of interest in “multicultural writing” in the early 2000s. ROLF VENNENBERND/EPA

The rise and fall of Black British writing

Interest in Black British writing has grown and shrunk since the late 1940s. Is the current wave going to crash like those before it?
Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’ derrickthebarbaric/DeviantArt

Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times

The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Many films that address race end up lulling audiences into complacency. TriStar Pictures

How popular culture hobbles protest movements

Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.

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