Slow to offend
When the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby was released a year ago, it was set to the music of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," from the sometimes duo's incredibly self-important Watch the Throne album. On the surface it made sense. Jay-Z -- who retired as a rapper in ... More >>
Hua Hsu grabs the cover of the Jan/Feb Atlantic Monthly to explain what Sean Combs and Jay Gatsby have in common, the post-racial world that even Nelly knows he lives in, Stuff White People Like, The (White) Rapper Show, WASP style, and the other stubborn trappings of "The End of White America." Fo ... More >>
From an epic Gatsby to naked Shakespeare at Philly's Live Arts Festival
Academics Look at the Social Phenomenon of 'Passing' and Ask: What Could Be More American?
Ernest Vincent Wright's Machine Dreams