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Tony Kushner’s Communist Turducken

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

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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.

illustration by Michael Hogue

Occupy Edmund Burke

David Bromwich presents a view from the left of the statesman widely seen as conservatism’s founder.

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“Interstellar”: Leaving the Earth Behind

Though thought-provoking, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” falls short of true greatness.

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Is Bill Watterson Staging a Comeback?

This week marks the second time this year Calvin and Hobbes’ creator has drawn new artwork, after decades of silence.

Michael Keaton and his winged shadow in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman"

Double Feature Feature: Walking Shadow Edition

Two innovative movies about theater: “Birdman” and “Synecdoche, New York”

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Don Colacho’s Epitaphs

Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s aphorisms are a reactionary’s sharpest weapon.

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