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Actually, Kissing Is Good

Actually, Kissing Is Good

In one of the loveliest scenes of Book Club, the newest addition to the Diane Keaton oeuvre, our beloved matriarch sits across from her dashing pilot paramour (Andy Garcia) as the two dine with the
Kanye West’s Hypocrisy on Empathy and Celebrity

Kanye West’s Hypocrisy on Empathy and Celebrity

At 1 a.m. on the Wednesday before the release of Pusha T’s Daytona, Kanye West called Pusha T and said he had a new album cover for him. Pusha and West, the record’s producer, had already settled on
The Facts and Fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest

The Facts and Fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest

“This moves from the court of public opinion into an actual courtroom. That is super cathartic for a bunch of the survivors, or even survivors who are not necessarily victimized by him.”That was
<em>The Tale </em>Is a Searing Investigation of Past Abuse

<em>The Tale </em>Is a Searing Investigation of Past Abuse

“The body remembers everything, it really does,” says the imperious riding teacher Mrs. G (Frances Conroy) to her former student Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern) as the latter guides a horse around its
The NFL Tries to Push Protest Out of Sight

The NFL Tries to Push Protest Out of Sight

The world of sports has two essential settings: the playing field and the locker room. The former, with its high-wattage triumph and failure, draws its narrative power from the existence of the
Jason Bateman’s Tired Defense of Jeffrey Tambor

Jason Bateman’s Tired Defense of Jeffrey Tambor

“What we do for a living is not normal,” Jason Bateman said in Wednesday’s New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Development, in an effort to address his co-star Jeffrey Tambor’s admitted
‘The Trust of the Reader Is Distrusted by Roth’

‘The Trust of the Reader Is Distrusted by Roth’

Philip Roth died this week at the age of 85, six years after announcing his retirement from writing. Over the past five decades, the novelist has loomed almost as large in The Atlantic’s pages as he
The Day the Genius Died

The Day the Genius Died

If you Google the phrase literary lion, here is one of the first definitions that will be returned to you for the effort: “Noun: a noted author who has reached celebrity status.” And, then: “Examples:
The Dour Resurgence of Cable, <em>Deadpool 2</em>’s<em> </em>Anti-Hero

The Dour Resurgence of Cable, <em>Deadpool 2</em>’s<em> </em>Anti-Hero

This article contains spoilers for the film Deadpool 2.“There are five kinds of mutants,” the comic-book character Cable says in New Mutants #99 (1991), one of his earliest appearances. “The
Remembering Philip Roth, a Giant of American Literature

Remembering Philip Roth, a Giant of American Literature

Philip Roth, who died Tuesday night at the age of 85, was at the center of American literature for almost 60 years—a quarter of his country’s history. It has been six years since Roth announced his
The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis

The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis

In June 1953, Sylvia Plath was a 20-year-old summer intern at Mademoiselle, living in New York between her junior and senior years of college. She had won the magazine’s annual contest and was offered
This Is Real Jailhouse Rock

This Is Real Jailhouse Rock

Call it whatever you want—jailhouse rock, incarcerated funk, prison soul. But any way you slice it, Edge of Daybreak’s Eyes of Love is a singular achievement in music history. Recorded live in prison
The Silence in Kelly Clarkson’s Call for ‘Action’ on Mass Shootings

The Silence in Kelly Clarkson’s Call for ‘Action’ on Mass Shootings

The script for what happens after a mass shooting—the thoughts, the prayers, the arguments, the forgetting—has come to, even, include mourning that such a script exists at all. At least as far back as
What Didn’t Work in Season 43 of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>

What Didn’t Work in Season 43 of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>

The opening sketch of Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season finale epitomized the show’s direction this year. It was chock-full of celebrity guests, with Alec Baldwin in his usual role as Donald Trump,
Thoroughly Modern Meghan

Thoroughly Modern Meghan

Hilary Mantel has compared them to pandas in a zoo, “expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment.” Martin Amis once described them as “philistines.” When it comes to the Windsors,
<em>Westworld</em>: A Cut Above

<em>Westworld</em>: A Cut Above

Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama.Spencer Kornhaber: For all the queasy bloodshed and queasier
The Long Shadow of MLB's Next Free-Agent Class

The Long Shadow of MLB's Next Free-Agent Class

When the Los Angeles Dodgers announced in late April that the All-Star shortstop Corey Seager would undergo elbow surgery and miss the rest of the season, it seemed to be a critical blow to the team’s
<em>Fahrenheit 451</em> Tackles the Evils of Social Media

<em>Fahrenheit 451</em> Tackles the Evils of Social Media

How do you make a television movie out of a book whose premise is that televised entertainment is destroying humanity? Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury told LA Weekly in 2007, is a warning against an age
Fight Songs: Can Political Debate Make Good Music?

Fight Songs: Can Political Debate Make Good Music?

ABC executives now say that the next season of Roseanne will focus more on “family” and less on “politics,” though one of the big lessons of the show is that the first can hardly be separated from the
The Bracing, Grim Power of <em>First Reformed</em>

The Bracing, Grim Power of <em>First Reformed</em>

The First Reformed of Paul Schrader’s new film is a church, a small edifice in Upstate New York with a rich history in the abolitionist movement, a landmark of a bygone age of activism and justice.