Wednesday, October 19 2016
Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.
Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, is on a mission to deliver us into the paradox of holy terror.
Tuesday, October 18 2016
Harry Belafonte's life and work looms large over this moment, when artists of color are exercising their activist voices.
Monday, October 17 2016
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.
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.
Friday, October 7 2016
The narrative of Paul Theroux's (and later Peter Bogdanovich's) Saint Jack offers a palliative to the high-priced hedonism taking place in an American-owned compound in Singapore.
Wednesday, October 5 2016
LGBT+ comedians are enjoying enough success to offset the barrage of gay jokes that seek to demean. They have Paul Lynde and Jack "Moms" Mabley to thank.
Tuesday, October 4 2016
Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.
Friday, September 30 2016
Melancholy, in its deepest truth, is not bereft of hope but rather relies upon it.
Thursday, September 29 2016
Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.
Monday, September 26 2016
Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.
Thursday, September 22 2016
Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.
Much of what happens to the protagonists here and in the comparable The Girl on the Train evades their control.
Wednesday, September 21 2016
Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Inside is too literal to be expressionistic, but too vague to be a narrative. It's so ambiguous that it fails to be anything.
Thursday, September 15 2016
Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.
Wednesday, September 14 2016
Anonymity turns restaurant critics into some kind of stealthy ninja with a distant or even adversarial stance, and this benefits no one.
Tuesday, September 13 2016
Simone Manuel’s winning a gold medal in this particular Olympic swimming event in this particular summer gave the especially besieged among us a chance to take a break from the siege.
Friday, September 9 2016
It’s difficult to imagine today’s neoliberal universities producing anything remotely like critical theory, or even a school of thought that substantively challenges prevailing intellectual paradigms.
Thursday, September 8 2016
One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.