Articles tagged 2016 us presidential election

14 Feb 2017 // 3:00 AM

Defensiveness, Vengeance, and Unashamed Self-pity, or, Trump Music

Some troubling common themes in songs from the Trump administration.

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The Spoiled Little Man-Child They Made King: Celebrity, Richard II, and Donald Trump

Did Shakespeare predict Trump? No. That's ridiculous. He just wrote a play about a thin-skinned, petty, self-aggrandising narcissist whose poor leadership drove an empire to ruin. Totally different.

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’, in Wide Release Today, Is Endlessly Relevant and Particularly Urgent

As this documentary presents James Baldwin's resistance, we might now take heart in it and also borrow from it.

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Barack Obama Bio ‘Audacity’ Is at War With Itself

Chait's defense of gradualist politics-as-usual undermines the supposedly audacious achievements of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

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Colin Kaepernick and the Perils of Patriotism as Fandom

For citizens of a country founded on rebellion, many people in the United States seem inordinately resentful of someone speaking their mind.

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Culture and History for the Age of Trump

History doesn’t always tell us how to get it right. It sometimes warns us of the cost of getting it wrong. Art steeped in that history can remind us, if we’re paying attention.

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Was O.J. Simpson Donald Trump’s Predecessor?

O.J. Simpson and Donald Trump: more than a few celebrity similarities.

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16 Nov 2016 // 4:00 AM

Leonard Cohen and the Death of a Ladies Man

Leonard Cohen, synchronicity, and coping at the dawn of a darker age.

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‘Good Girls Revolt’, “Nasty Women” and the Politics of Recognition

Amazon's Good Girls Revolt may be set in the past, but it resonates loudly with the electoral present.

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9 Nov 2016 // 4:00 AM

National Sweeps: The Merger of TV and Presidential Elections

Beyond reality stars and dynasties, TV can influence what we accept in our political leaders.

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7 Nov 2016 // 2:30 AM

Are We Gon’ Be Alright?

Crises abound in America, but while complacency won the day before, these times feel different.

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The Voice of the Demagogue and American So-Called Democracy

Gabriel Over the White House seriously asks a question that should only be asked as satire or farce: what if the best solution for the US is to have a fascist dictator in charge?

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Why Are So Many White Americans So Fearful These Days?

Published just as many white American conservatives embrace a xenophobic demagogue as their savior, Hochschild’s emotive and empathic study provides guidance for how the US came to this crisis point.

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Privilege Corrupts: Donald Trump and “The Devil in His Youth”

How a song by Protomartyr keeps taking on new meaning in the age of Donald Trump.

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Tomorrow Belongs to Me: “Freedom’s Call”, Donald Trump and Propaganda

When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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