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'Crazy Rich Asians' Will Have You Seriously Considering That the Rich Really Should Be Eaten
This tale takes pains to emphasise the difference between the crass newly-rich mainland Chinese (yay!) and the rich-for-like-forever distinguished Chinese families (boo!). [23.Nov.14]
The Heavy Absence of Star Presence
If trying to grasp screen presence is like reaching for the stars, James Harvey shows noble reach in his book, Watching Them Be. [22.Nov.14]
The Meaning and Power of Memory Are at the Heart of 'There Was and There Was Not'
As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide approaches, a new generation struggles to understand its meaning, and role, in their lives [21.Nov.14]
Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity
By Robert Beachy
Robert Beachy's study of gay life in pre-Weimar Berlin reveals just how much influence that subculture had on our current understandings of sexuality. [21.Nov.14]
Joyce Carol Oates' 'Lovely, Dark, Deep' Is Not Bad, Pretty Good, Okay
A line in one of the stories here neatly summarizes Oates’ works: “In private, a nervous collapse is an illness. In public, it can be a career.” [20.Nov.14]
Reviews
This tale takes pains to emphasise the difference between the crass newly-rich mainland Chinese (yay!) and the rich-for-like-forever distinguished Chinese families (boo!). [23.Nov.14]
If trying to grasp screen presence is like reaching for the stars, James Harvey shows noble reach in his book, Watching Them Be. [22.Nov.14]
As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide approaches, a new generation struggles to understand its meaning, and role, in their lives [21.Nov.14]
A line in one of the stories here neatly summarizes Oates’ works: “In private, a nervous collapse is an illness. In public, it can be a career.” [20.Nov.14]
Taken from long-lost recordings and filled with Hollywood gossip and personal revelations, this collection of transcripts proves why Orson Welles was one of the great conversationalists of all time. [19.Nov.14]
Loisel’s retelling is a gorgeous one. But it’s a contribution to a troubled tale. Is Neverland about rejecting adults – or just women? [19.Nov.14]
Football. According to author Mark Edmundson, it's a pharmakon. [18.Nov.14]
Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones, had the vision and musical intuition which helped make the band a vital force in the '60s. [18.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Robert Beachy
Robert Beachy's study of gay life in pre-Weimar Berlin reveals just how much influence that subculture had on our current understandings of sexuality. [20.Nov.14]
By Jessica R. Pliley
America’s first anti–sex trafficking law, meant to protect women, more often resulted in the policing of women’s sexual behavior. [13.Nov.14]
Columns
Re:Print
The prison correspondence of Tolokonnikova and Zizek might not change the world, but it ought to be required reading for those with such aspirations. [16.Nov.14]
Re:Print
The remarkable author of How to Build a Girl wasn’t seeking controversy; she just wanted to change the world. [11.Nov.14]
From The Blogs
Ovenly's recipes are hip, exciting, and accessible. If only they worked. [12.Nov.14]
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