Alternately disturbing, depressing, bleak, and painful, these stories are bound together by an acute observation of the shadows of the human soul, which makes them so powerful and compelling.
'The Witness': Puzzles Are Teachers, Puzzles Are Bullies
Tindersticks: The Waiting Room
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto: The Revenant
Brown Lives Don’t Matter in the Dark and Cruel World of 'Visaranai'
A No-Nonsense Agenda for the Left
Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind
Shovels and Rope: Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1
'The New Mutants' Is Rooted Both in Scholarship and in the Rich History of Superhero Narratives
"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".