The Critics
September 27, 2021 Issue
Joy Williams Does Not Write for Humanity
In a new novel, the author’s dark, surprising language mourns for the world we’ve demolished.
By Katy Waldman6:00 A.M.
September 27, 2021 Issue
Briefly Noted
“Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth,” “Savage Tongues,” “Three Girls from Bronzeville,” and “Home, Land, Security.”
6:00 A.M.
September 27, 2021 Issue
Percival Everett’s Deadly Serious Comedy
The novelist has regularly exploded our models of genre and identity. In “The Trees,” he’s raising the stakes, confronting America’s legacy of lynching in a mystery at once hilarious and horrifying.
By Julian Lucas6:00 A.M.
September 27, 2021 Issue
“Reservation Dogs” Is a Near-Perfect Study of Dispossession
Chips are the least of what has been stolen in Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s heist comedy, shot in the Muscogee Nation.
By Doreen St. Félix6:00 A.M.
September 27, 2021 Issue
The Uncanny Valley of “I’m Your Man”
Maria Schrader’s film, starring Dan Stevens as a robot designed to be the perfect man, confirms comedy as the playground of philosophy: nothing is funnier or more stirring than the sight of somebody learning how to be.
By Anthony LaneSeptember 17, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars
The all-too-human plaintiff of Roe v. Wade captured the messy contradictions hidden by a polarizing debate.
By Margaret TalbotSeptember 13, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Reading Dante’s Purgatory While the World Hangs in the Balance
Seven centuries after the poet’s death, we may finally be ready for his epic of punishment and penance.
By Judith ThurmanSeptember 13, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Briefly Noted
“Matrix,” “Damnation Spring,” “Love Lockdown,” and “Freedomville.”
September 13, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Saint Etienne’s Nineties Nostalgia
The band’s new album, “I’ve Been Trying to Tell You,” conjures the complexity of an era often romanticized as one of hope and optimism.
By Hua HsuSeptember 13, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Shades of Beckett in “Pass Over”
The first play to open on Broadway since the shutdown, about two down-and-out young Black men on a barren block, is a strange fit for the moment at hand.
By Vinson CunninghamSeptember 13, 2021
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