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Jenny Hval's 'Girls Against God' Is Pure Audacity

With Girls Against God, avant-garde musician Jenny Hval gives us a semi-autobiographical text that, like the metalhead teen she describes, won't abide by any rules.

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Southeastern European History Work, 'The Great Cauldron​', Will Demand of You as Much as It Yields

Marie-Janine Calic's history of Southeastern Europe is undeniably well-researched, but it's also a cumbersome reading experience for anyone but the specialist.

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Yannick Haenel's 'Hold Fast Your Crown' Is French Literature at Its Best

Yannick Haenel's Hold Fast Your Crown is shocking, frustrating, elating, and among the best books published in France for decades.

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Maylis de Kerangal's 'The Cook' Is a Classic Case of Style Over Substance

There is a lot of enjoyable sleight of hand in de Kerangal's The Cook, but ultimately the author fails to engage with the questions it raises.

Music

A Deeper Disney Discourse on Song

We look at Disney songs through the lens of hardcore hermeneutics. Be warned, you may never be able to hear these songs the way you did before!

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On Epistemological Anxieties and Irony in 'Who's Who When Everyone Is Someone Else'

C.D. Rose's novel is as striking for its achievements as it is for its failures, but ultimately the whole exercise feels rather inessential.

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'Smoking Kills' Revels in the Many Joys to Be Found in Death

Antoine Laurain's Smoking Kills is provocative and funny, but its meditations remain consistently mature.

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Julia Fine's 'What Should Be Wild' Is Much Too Wild

Fine's debut novel is occasionally impressive, but too often it strives for unnecessary complexity.

Television

'Troy: Fall of a City' Was Overlooked for the Wrong Reasons

Troy: Fall of a City tries to attack our racial prejudice but reveals more about our Classical ignorance.

Film

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe From 'Iron Man' to 'Infinity War'

With the release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's defining moment that was Avengers: Infinity War, our staff assembles a ranking of the story so far.

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'Out in the Open' Is a Return to Modernist Dystopia

Jesús Carrasco's debut is a tale of psychological brutality that is as rich as it is slow.

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'Void Star' Stands Out As Unique and Accomplished Sci-fi

Zachary Mason's Void Star requires some effort, but the reward is a wonderfully immersive plunge into a world that is persuasively novel in some places, and appealingly familiar in others.

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'Arithmetic' Delightfully Yields Anything But Obvious Results

What looks like a simple topic becomes a surprising trip into unexpected worlds in Paul Lockhart's beautifully executed Arithmetic.

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Metatextual Games Stamp Out Thriller Conventions in 'Based on a True Story'

French author Delphine de Vigan is very successful at setting up an original mystery, but she gets bogged down in overly literary reflections.

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Pieces of Human Stories Create the Total Mosaic That Is 'Fractured Lands'

Scott Anderson's Fractured Lands is not only one of the most accessible and synthetic account of events in the Middle East, it's also among the most powerful.

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'The Bonjour Effect' Bids Au Revoir to French Language and Mores

The Bonjour Effect is too closely tailored to North American sensitivities to properly connect with French conversation culture.

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St Martin's Griffin

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Princeton

Interviews

'Farewell to Europe': An Interview With Director Maria Schrader

Understated, unorthodox, and effortlessly multicultural, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersections of politics and film.

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First Run

Film

Beware the Superhero Fallacy

Heroes in thrillers, war films, sci-fi and horror films have been known to accidentally kill the wrong person. Why doesn't this happen in the superhero genre?

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DC Comics (Reprint)


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