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From Tehran to Tel Aviv: Of Crime and the Cities
Akashic Noir series continues to serve up delightful and disturbing gems that offer remarkable insights into the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities. [4.Mar.15]
The Upside of No-See Me: Invisibility and 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'
For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it. [3.Mar.15]
'Who We Be' and the Optics of Culture, in Living Colors
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture. [2.Mar.15]
The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain't That Grand?
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that. [27.Feb.15]
Weapons Drawn! Perspectives on Charlie Hebdo
Questioning cartoons, satire, and the role of the media after the Charlie Hebdo assassinations. [26.Feb.15]
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A growing movement says we ought to help our kids lead riskier lives with the intent of improving society.[23.Feb.15]
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.[20.Feb.15]
We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity. [19.Feb.15]
A legal scholar and former journalist warns that if modern media pushes the envelope too far, we could all wind up losing.[19.Feb.15]
Assassin's Creed: Unity highlights the difficulty of influencing social change from the shadows.[18.Feb.15]
With his first great movie now in his pocket, Chris Rock has figured out how to transcend generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy. [18.Feb.15]
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.[17.Feb.15]
The Modern Library of Indonesia series offers unparalleled access to the cultural landscape of the world's fourth most populous country. [17.Feb.15]
As the debate rages over Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons, Art Spiegelman offers sage advice on cartoons and free speech.[16.Feb.15]
This unlikely combination of a translation and memoir offers as many telling insights into the preoccupations of Jonathan Franzen as it does into Karl Kraus' life and work.[13.Feb.15]
For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come. [12.Feb.15]
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Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn provides exceptional analysis of the Islamic State and the broader conflict in Syria and Iraq.[10.Feb.15]
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