Thursday, May 26 2016
The pressing question isn't so much what a troll is and how he came to be, but what to do when confronted with a troll.
Friday, May 20 2016
For all that it is cold and disquieting, DeLillo's latest is also his most sincere -- his most human -- meditation on death yet.
Wednesday, May 18 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert examines food in a manner that is Catholic. But also, it engages with food in a manner that is catholic.
Tuesday, May 17 2016
For all its infamy, few outside of France really understand what Charlie Hebdo is all about. A manifesto posthumously published by its editor, offers insights.
Wednesday, May 11 2016
What's critical about cast-off pieces of fabric? Is Richard Tuttle's The Critical Edge merely ironic hyperbole?
Thursday, May 5 2016
A growing array of America’s leading thinkers and activists have gone from critiquing the excesses of capitalism to charting the future of American socialism.
Monday, May 2 2016
The system of media and journalism on which our democracy relies is under threat. French economist Julia Cage surveys the scale of the crisis and proposes a unique solution.
Wednesday, April 27 2016
Within our bodies, single-celled organisms outnumber cells that we identify as human DNA ten to one. We're merely a colony within a colony within a colony.
Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Friday, April 22 2016
Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Tuesday, April 12 2016
An exploration of lifestyle branding for the coming environmental apocalypse.
Thursday, April 7 2016
In this game we consumers are reduced to plastic playthings, happy to be fingered. This and other thoughts on American culture.
Tuesday, April 5 2016
Praise for Carlo Rovelli's international bestseller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been near universal. Can the reviewers all be wrong? Yes, they can.
Monday, April 4 2016
The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.
Thursday, March 24 2016
The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.
Friday, March 11 2016
Arye Michael Bender reprises his role as defrocked '70s guru Octavio Coleman in the upcoming part spin-off, part sequel, part prequel and completely mind-bending film, The Esquire.
Monday, March 7 2016
When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.
Friday, March 4 2016
It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.