Article Archive

Jacob Lawrence’s Existential Sociology

His “Migration” series, reunited at MoMA, is social history raised to the level of art.

August 29, 2015

“Amends,” My Reality-TV Rehab Satire, Is Now Available

Bad advice, bad memories, mysticism, humiliation, class struggle, sleaze, and more of my favorite things.

August 13, 2015

Painting Modernism Before the Bolsheviks

The Neue Galerie captures Russia’s last moments of open artistic experimentation before the “short 20th century.”

August 5, 2015

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Movie Like This?

The moralistic storytelling of “Trainwreck” results in a boring film.

July 30, 2015

Love Is a Losing Game

A documentary on Amy Winehouse shows the softer side of a hard-living jazz star.

July 15, 2015

Feeling Down on “Inside Out”

The new Pixar film is poignant—and didactic.

June 29, 2015

The Truth Without Reconciliation Committee

A sequel to 2012’s death-squad documentary “The Act of Killing” lets survivors and victims’ families have their say.

June 22, 2015

Indie Music’s Christ-Haunted Women

Filling out the ramshackle choir loft of Sufjan Stevens and the Mountain Goats, beyond Sinead O’Connor.

June 19, 2015

Pro Wrestling (With Angels)

A new album by the Mountain Goats explores rage, memory, masked heroes of the ring, and the unexpected Sunset Flip.

June 13, 2015

Tom Stoppard Plays With God

London’s National Theatre stages a philosophy of mind debate that seeks more than the God of the Gaps.

May 21, 2015

Friendship with a Future Tense

A book on renewing community through friendship offers hope in the face of uncertainty.

May 7, 2015

No Marriage Is an Island

How a revival of “spiritual friendship” can help spouses as well as singles.

April 20, 2015

What’s Hiding Behind Our Identity (Politics)?

Whether LGBTQ or GOP, labels should be probed for what they are trying to name.

April 2, 2015

The Walking Dread: “It Follows”

A fearsome little horror film that is all monster, no message

March 23, 2015

Public Policy’s Absent Aesthetics

Talk of health and wealth cannot substitute for sublimity and attraction in human motivations.

March 2, 2015

Marilynne Robinson Returns to Gilead

America’s preeminent Christian novelist explores baptism, works, and redemption.

February 23, 2015

America’s Imperial Mental Illness

How U.S. medicine is changing the way the world loses its mind.

February 20, 2015

Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay

Religion, sexuality, and ambition make a volatile mix at a black Christian boys’ prep school.

February 4, 2015

Merry Widows, Weeping Brides

The Metropolitan Museum of Art puts the fun back in funerals.

January 26, 2015

This Town Is Dead at Night

An Iranian-Californian vampire flick lives up to the hype.

January 22, 2015