Arts & Letters
This overstuffed production shows a suicidal longshoreman fighting his family—and the long defeat of his hopes.
The new novel from the man behind the Mountain Goats suggests that the mind is a dangerous playground.
David Bromwich presents a view from the left of the statesman widely seen as conservatism’s founder.
Though thought-provoking, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” falls short of true greatness.
This week marks the second time this year Calvin and Hobbes’ creator has drawn new artwork, after decades of silence.
Two innovative movies about theater: “Birdman” and “Synecdoche, New York”
Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s aphorisms are a reactionary’s sharpest weapon.
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