John Foster / 05 Jan 2024

Decline Into Fascism

Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song

Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song is a truly horrifying novel. Set in Ireland in the throes of a far-right takeover, it resonates with present-day traumas that make it difficult, at times devastating, to read.(...)

Joel Schalit / 11 Sep 2023

Reading Politics

The Battleground’s Fall Books List

Journalists don't read books. Or if they do, very sparingly. Trained to follow the 24-hour news cycle, they focus on the daily flow of events, hour by hour, minute by minute. That's the narrative we know.(...)
Charlie Bertsch / 09 Apr 2021

Colonial Subjects Forever

The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Why should I worry about deviating from the masses when I am also me and myself? Am I not a mass? Am I not already a collective? Do I not contain multitudes?” (...)