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‘Adults and Other Children’: The Bitter and the Sweet

‘Adults and Other Children’: The Bitter and the Sweet

The similes in Miriam Cohen's impressive debut short story collection, Adults and Other Children, are perfectly attuned to the essence of her characters.

Old Kings Yelling at Clouds: Art vs. Commerce in the Battle for Box-Office Relevance

Old Kings Yelling at Clouds: Art vs. Commerce in the Battle for Box-Office Relevance

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and other members of the old guard might be battling with the MCU about the quality of superhero movies, but the business of how we consume film is changing, like it or not.

When Chicago Became a Shoppers’ Paradise for Women, Men Had to Step Aside

When Chicago Became a Shoppers’ Paradise for Women, Men Had to Step Aside

Creating a culture of consumption in 20th century Chicago meant making space for shoppers, which meant integrating women into public life, in a downtown dominated by men. Historian Emily Remus revels in the ramifications of that cultural shift in A Shoppers' Paradise.

Hope Sandoval’s Quiet Rebellion Against the Music Industry

Hope Sandoval’s Quiet Rebellion Against the Music Industry

Absent from Instagram and Twitter and mostly uncommunicative to the press, listeners must wait patiently for the reclusive Hope Sandoval's return without any hints as to what she may bring.

The Plight of Itinerant Educators

The Plight of Itinerant Educators

Critic Herb Childress exposes some uncomfortable truths in The Adjunct Underclass that are both painfully difficult for adjunct professors to admit and essential reading for those concerned with the cultural and intellectual future of America.

Will a New Form of Socialism Rise? On Bhaskar Sunkara’s ‘The Socialist Manifesto’

Will a New Form of Socialism Rise? On Bhaskar Sunkara’s ‘The Socialist Manifesto’

Socialists need to do better in fighting against identity-based discrimination, as editor of Jacobin Bhaskar Sunkara notes in The Socialist Manifesto, but that struggle will only be effective if waged as part of a larger struggle against neoliberal capitalism.

Faster than Fassbinder! An Interview with Filmmaker Michael Fredianelli

Faster than Fassbinder! An Interview with Filmmaker Michael Fredianelli

Prolific independent filmmaker Michael Fredianelli doesn’t let the micro-budget scale of his productions limit his imagination or his creations.

Scholar Mel Stanfill’s ‘Exploiting Fandom’ Takes on Big Business and Media Manipulation

Scholar Mel Stanfill’s ‘Exploiting Fandom’ Takes on Big Business and Media Manipulation

Exploiting Fandom brings together mainstream sports fandoms and speculative media fandoms, often finding strong correlations between the two.

Selling Afghan Authenticity with Jamil Jan Kochai’s ’99 Nights in Logar’

Selling Afghan Authenticity with Jamil Jan Kochai’s ’99 Nights in Logar’

Jamil Jan Kochai's 99 Nights in Logar is a fine novel about an Afghan-American boy returning to Afghanistan that reminds us where the publishing industry puts it money.

Michael Cho’s ‘Shoplifter’ Showcases What He Does Best

Michael Cho’s ‘Shoplifter’ Showcases What He Does Best

Existential loneliness and small comforts are perfectly conveyed in three simple colors in Michael Cho's graphic novel, Shoplifter.

‘Aquinas and the Market’ and the Possibility of a “Truly Humane Economic System”

‘Aquinas and the Market’ and the Possibility of a “Truly Humane Economic System”

With Aquinas and the Market, economist and theologian Mary L. Hirschfeld begins a necessary conversation between economic and theological sectors, in the academy and, one hopes, outside the ivory towers and seminaries, to calculate our ultimate worth.

How Jon Favreau’s ‘Iron Man 2’ Peaks — Then Crashes

How Jon Favreau’s ‘Iron Man 2’ Peaks — Then Crashes

Tony spends the first half of the film worrying about his legacy but also trying to have fun with the time he has left. It's rather like MCU's superhero film challenges of the time.