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Martin Scorsese Avenges the Auteur
In criticizing Marvel movies, the director isn’t inveighing against fantasy but against a system of production that submerges directors’ authority.
By Richard BrodyNovember 6, 2019
Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us
The spectre of a batty old man with a cell phone has taken on geopolitical significance in 2019, when a Presidential tweet has the power to disrupt the global order.
By Jody RosenNovember 5, 2019
The Men Who Still Love “Fight Club”
David Fincher’s film, from 1999, has become a focal point for the exploration of postmodern masculinity, white-male resentment, and consumerism.
By Peter C. BakerNovember 4, 2019
The Ham-Handed, Money-Driven Mangling of Sports Illustrated and Deadspin
How new owners brought about the demise of a leading sports Web site and the decline of its legacy-media predecessor.
By Louisa ThomasNovember 3, 2019
Kanye West’s True Salvation on “Jesus Is King”
Recent years and a new album have proved that West’s talent as a producer is the true bedrock of his legacy.
By Carrie BattanOctober 27, 2019
The Smithsonian’s Black-History Museum Will Always Be a Failure and a Success
How black, exactly, can the museum be? And whom is this history for?
By Maya PhillipsOctober 24, 2019
Should We Pay to Enter Bookstores?
There must be a way to level the playing field a bit between brick-and-mortar shops and cheaper, more convenient online retailers, ideally sooner rather than later.
By Howard FishmanOctober 23, 2019
The N.B.A. and China and the Myths of Sports Diplomacy
The league did not make a play for the Chinese market because its owners wanted to use the game as a vehicle for world peace. They wanted to use it as a vehicle for profit.
By Louisa ThomasOctober 22, 2019
What Can We Learn from the Germans About Confronting Our History?
In a recent book, the philosopher Susan Neiman makes the case for why Americans should be more familiar with the darkest parts of their country’s past.
By Lizzie WiddicombeOctober 21, 2019
The Miami Dolphins and the Art of Losing to “Win”
Assembling a team that will almost certainly be defeated—that will face bigger, stronger, more talented competition, week after week—verges on the morally macabre.
By Jody RosenOctober 19, 2019
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