Elizabeth Kolbert's warm, engaging clarity and use of anecdotes amid the data humanises her argument without softening the science of The Sixth Extinction.
07 May 2015
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.
13 Nov 2014
Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear.
18 Sep 2014
Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.
13 Mar 2014
Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.
25 Nov 2013
People ask Bryan Cranston where the "rise" of sinister alter-ego Heisenberg comes from. He says from the first episode, when he tried to be someone else. Yet the dark truths of his journey downhill reveal so much more.
11 Aug 2013
All the characters are in thrall to their institutions, whether they be the English legal system in the case of Heaslop, of English-led colleges for Fielding, or the larger institution of the British Raj itself.
20 Jun 2013
Sometimes you have to do bad things to get into power to do good things when you get there. Sometimes just doing bad things will do.
28 May 2013
If there's a subtext to New Tricks, it's that modern policing is too cautious, too sterile to handle the rough and tumble of proper police work. To really nail the bad guys, coppers need to be free to be themselves, unencumbered by the constraints of political correctness.
14 May 2013
The State must do no harm to its citizens -- even its undead citizens. Thus, members of this society must integrate.
27 Mar 2013
The future is already around us and that means facing up to its horrors as much as its delights.
21 Mar 2013
The symbols aren’t sinister -- we’ve just forgotten how to read them. These days, if something isn’t clear in a literal sense, it is inherently suspicious.
11 Aug 2008
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