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.
Wednesday, September 7 2016
Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.
Friday, September 2 2016
Today's equivalent to the Paris Commune is a New York in which Zucotti Park did not merely occupy Wall Street but burned it to the ground, hung the bankers, and opened the borders.
Wednesday, August 31 2016
Joel Selvin’s new book digs deep into the seventh circle of rock music’s hell.
Monday, August 29 2016
Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.
Thursday, August 25 2016
There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.
Friday, August 19 2016
Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.
Wednesday, August 17 2016
Playing a game in its alpha or beta form is like living in an unfinished house; it's habitable, but some things seem off or don't work or might get better (or worse).