Arts & Letters

Still of Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline. Photo by Diyah Pera - © 2015 - Lionsgate

The Undying Appeal of Mortal Love

“The Age of Adeline” puts a human face on immortality, and captures the joy of finding someone with whom one can grow old.

Olivia Vinall (Hilary). Photo by Johan Persson

Tom Stoppard Plays With God

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

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Love and Marriage in “The Madding Crowd”

Considering a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel

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Against Kant and Consumerism

Matthew Crawford targets virtual reality and the epistemological frauds we’ve believed since the Enlightenment.

Amelia Pedlow as Annabella and Matthew Amendt as Giovanni in Red Bull Theater's production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, at the Duke Theater in New York through May 16th

Love’s Triumph, Love’s Tragedy

A passionate production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore from Red Bull Theater in New York.


Friendship with a Future Tense

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

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Did Reagan Win the Vietnam War?

Rather than calling into question the concept of American exceptionalism, Vietnam became a vehicle for reaffirming it.

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