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The Genre-Defying Singer Inspired by Japanese Funk

The Genre-Defying Singer Inspired by Japanese Funk

When Berhana, the 27-year-old singer born Amain Berhane, finished his film program at the New School, he did what a lot of young artistic people in New York City do: He started working at a
The Books Briefing: Trapped in a World That Uber Built

The Books Briefing: Trapped in a World That Uber Built

At CityLab, The Atlantic’s sibling site, we write about people in cities and other urban spaces who are trying to build a better present, as well as better futures. In today’s Books Briefing, we’re
A Man Moves Into a Lighthouse. Strangeness Ensues.

A Man Moves Into a Lighthouse. Strangeness Ensues.

Through almost every moment of The Lighthouse, there’s a howling noise in the background, a foghorn that grimly warns passing ships of danger ahead. That honking is the sonic foundation of Robert
<em>Jojo Rabbit </em>Is a Fraught Tonal Experiment

<em>Jojo Rabbit </em>Is a Fraught Tonal Experiment

Is Hitler funny? Yes, that Hitler, the one who presided over an empire of mass murder, whose name is essentially a byword for evil. Taika Waititi, the director of charming tales of adolescence such as
The Washington Nationals’ Persistence Paid Off

The Washington Nationals’ Persistence Paid Off

The Washington Nationals took the fast track to ignominy. Baseball lore favors longer-cultivated curses: the Boston Red Sox’s 86 years between World Series championships, the Chicago Cubs’ 108. But
Two Ways of Looking at <em>The Terror: Infamy</em>’s Finale

Two Ways of Looking at <em>The Terror: Infamy</em>’s Finale

The best scene in AMC’s horror anthology series The Terror: Infamy comes at the start of the finale. Until then, the World War II–set drama followed a group of Japanese Americans living in U.S.
Keep Your ‘Frenemies’ Closer

Keep Your ‘Frenemies’ Closer

At last night’s Democratic presidential debate, the candidate who spoke the least was the one newcomer: the billionaire businessman Tom Steyer, who had managed to pass the polling and fundraising
Disney Delivers a Truly Bizarre <em>Sleeping Beauty</em> Sequel

Disney Delivers a Truly Bizarre <em>Sleeping Beauty</em> Sequel

The first Maleficent film, released in 2014, offered a storytelling twist on the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. Like many a live-action remake from the studio (think Alice in Wonderland or Dumbo), it
The Charming Candor of Julie Andrews’s New Memoir

The Charming Candor of Julie Andrews’s New Memoir

In 1971 the actor Julie Andrews and her husband, the director Blake Edwards, went to a party hosted by a Hollywood agent in Los Angeles. “I can’t remember why we chose to attend,” Andrews writes in
One More Thought on <em>Succession</em>’s Ridiculous Banter

One More Thought on <em>Succession</em>’s Ridiculous Banter

This article contains spoilers throughout Season 2 of Succession.All he had to do was say yes. But when a congressional hearing opened with a softball question to Gregory Hirsch (Nicholas
How Bong Joon-ho Invented the Weird World of <em>Parasite</em>

How Bong Joon-ho Invented the Weird World of <em>Parasite</em>

This story contains mild spoilers for the film Parasite.Bong Joon-ho never met a genre he couldn’t subvert. For almost 20 years, the South Korean director has been making movies that span every
If You Could Go Back in Time and Change One Thing, What Would It Be?

If You Could Go Back in Time and Change One Thing, What Would It Be?

Graham RoumieuWilliam “Sandy” Darity Jr., economist and professor, Duke UniversityI wish that Radical Reconstruction had been made a reality after the end of the Civil War. This would have entailed
Philip Pullman’s Problem With God

Philip Pullman’s Problem With God

Lucille ClercIn a bone-picking mood, I will sometimes imagine that I have a problem with the English writer Philip Pullman, best known for the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. I don’t like the
Why Season 2 of <em>Succession</em> Was So Extraordinary

Why Season 2 of <em>Succession</em> Was So Extraordinary

This article contains spoilers through the finale of Succession Season 2.Water is never a good omen on Succession. In the Season 1 episode “Austerlitz,” the ill-fated infinity pool in the New Mexico
Woody Harrelson Is a Surprisingly Effective Joe Biden for <em>SNL</em>

Woody Harrelson Is a Surprisingly Effective Joe Biden for <em>SNL</em>

When Saturday Night Live debuted Alec Baldwin’s impression of Donald Trump, it felt like the show’s first effective take on the then–presidential candidate. You’d be forgiven for forgetting this fact
Ways of Being

Ways of Being

Chloe CushmanAssigned one gender at birth, we’d felt like the other since childhood. That feeling—which had nothing to do with sexual desire—grew until life in the wrong gender seemed not worth
The Bodily Horrors of <em>Succession</em>

The Bodily Horrors of <em>Succession</em>

Late in Season 2 of Succession, HBO’s satirical dramedy about a Murdochesque media empire, the Roy family and those in their orbit convene for a preview performance of a new Broadway show. Sands was
Debbie Harry Stares Back

Debbie Harry Stares Back

After speeding through Debbie Harry’s eventful life in just 245 pages, the Blondie singer’s memoir, Face It, in its final chapter, lists stuff about thumbs. “I think first of that game where you try
Chinese Rappers Will Not Be Silenced

Chinese Rappers Will Not Be Silenced

In 2017, the television series Rap of China debuted to 100 million views in the first four hours of its release. Prior to the show, rap had existed in China only in underground circles; it had become
<em>The King </em>Sacrifices the Best of Fact and Fiction

<em>The King </em>Sacrifices the Best of Fact and Fiction

The epic cycle of Shakespeare’s Henriad is a narrative feat practically unmatched in English literature. The saga of victory and betrayal spans the reigns of multiple real kings, but it has only so