Author Archives: Eve Tushnet

About Eve Tushnet

Eve Tushnet is a writer in Washington, DC. She blogs at Patheos and has written for Commonweal, USA Today, and the Weekly Standard, among other publications. She is working on a book on vocation for gay Catholics. Her email is eve_tushnet@yahoo.com and she can be found on Twitter at @evetushnet.

Will Work for Meaning: “Two Days, One Night”

A woman has one weekend to beg for her job in the Dardenne brothers’ harrowing new film.

The Mother and the Monster: “The Babadook”

Something under the bed is sobbing.

The Dead Hand of the Past: “Bad Jews” at the Studio Theatre

Joshua Harmon’s ferocious comedy, in which a family heirloom stands in for the future of the Jewish people.

Tony Kushner’s Communist Turducken

This overstuffed production shows a suicidal longshoreman fighting his family—and the long defeat of his hopes.

The Human Face a Furnace Seal’d: John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van

The new novel from the man behind the Mountain Goats suggests that the mind is a dangerous playground.

Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

Two competing narratives of addiction and recovery are both gaining prominence in American pop culture. Can they coexist?

A Lonely Hearts Church

In a world of disconnection and drifting, strengthening the family is a question of trust and love.

Radio Is a Sound Salvation: “God Help the Girl”

Under the cutesy exterior is a subtle film about how we understand our suffering, and what might save us from despair.

This Is Not My Beautiful City: “Belleville” at the Studio Theatre

Americans in Paris find fear and suspicion instead of marital bliss.

What’s the Punishment for Being a Stock Character?

“As Above, So Below” is a sin-focused horror film rather confused about sin.

The Man Who Ate Liberty Valance

A creepy, haunting cannibal Western, “Ravenous” explores of the temptations of power.

Youngest Son Adds Laments to the Indie Hymnal

Sincerity marries sorrow in an album with a tuneful, memorable pop sensibility.

TMZ Is the Justice of the Masses

Christopher Beha’s Arts & Entertainments, and how we create and consume stories of other people’s lives in order to feel better about our own.

The Boy Is the Father of Whatever: Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”

The director took 12 years to film it, giving his movie time to grow up into a bore.

Carrie White Will Never Die: “Carrie: The Musical” at the Studio Theatre

The horrific power of perverted Christianity makes this musical work.

Geishas By Gaslight: Kobayashi Kiyochika at the Freer Gallery

A D.C. show displays haunting, color-washed night scenes on par with Edward Hopper.

Before #YesAllWomen, There Was The Gift of Fear

Gavin de Becker offered empathy and understanding to women before hashtag activism ever existed.

Every Day Is Like Sunday: Rediscovering Wilfrid Sheed’s “The Hack”

A pre-Vatican II satire totally at home in our current performance culture.

How to Stop Time: Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”

There’s a lot to love about this swoony, drifty vampire flick, a …

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