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The Invisible Children of the Trump Administration

The Invisible Children of the Trump Administration

Here is the finding listed as the “key takeaway” in a report compiled by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services and released to the American public on Thursday: The
The Mixed Reception of the <em>Hamilton</em> Premiere in Puerto Rico

The Mixed Reception of the <em>Hamilton</em> Premiere in Puerto Rico

Heading into the opening night of Hamilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 11, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The musical was supposed to begin previews three days earlier at the theater of the
The Books Briefing: These Books Are Alive With the Sound of Music

The Books Briefing: These Books Are Alive With the Sound of Music

I’ll acknowledge that reading about music seems counterintuitive. But it’s one thing to just listen to a piece or song, and another thing entirely to do so while understanding what a particular melody
<em>High Maintenance</em> Goes Naked

<em>High Maintenance</em> Goes Naked

How’s this for an opening hook of a TV season? An elderly, unkempt, and out-of-shape male character that viewers have never before seen, stark naked, picks up an ungainly pot of boiling water from a
How the Showtime Saints Became Championship Favorites

How the Showtime Saints Became Championship Favorites

Last Sunday evening, after the top-seeded New Orleans Saints dispatched the Philadelphia Eagles to earn a berth in the NFC Championship game, Drew Brees stood at a podium to give reporters his
Why People Paid Thousands of Dollars to Attend a Doomed Music Festival

Why People Paid Thousands of Dollars to Attend a Doomed Music Festival

How could you market something that wasn’t real? That’s the question Brett Kincaid, a commercial director who helped promote the infamous Fyre Festival, is forced to confront in a new Netflix
Brexit Is Chaos. The Movie About It Is Anything But.

Brexit Is Chaos. The Movie About It Is Anything But.

LONDON—Early on in Brexit, Channel 4 and HBO’s almost inappropriately entertaining movie about Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union, we flash back in time to 1975, when ordinary citizens
James Blake’s Ether Becomes Mush

James Blake’s Ether Becomes Mush

“My brother and my sister don’t speak to me, but I don’t blame them,” James Blake sang on loop for 2011’s “I Never Learnt to Share,” a defining moment in one of the 21st century’s most improbably
The Joyce Carol Oates Story That Shares DNA With 'Cat Person’

The Joyce Carol Oates Story That Shares DNA With 'Cat Person’

By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.Doug McLeanIn December
What It’s Like Making Your First Film After 18 Years in ‘Movie Jail’

What It’s Like Making Your First Film After 18 Years in ‘Movie Jail’

In the 1990s, Mimi Leder was a formidable name in television. As a producer and director on the military drama China Beach and the smash hit ER, she helped invent a more robust, cinematic form for a
How to Tell an Open Secret

How to Tell an Open Secret

They were young, still in college, when one night he lashed out and choked her—backed her against the wall, his hands on her neck, so she thought she was going to die. She crept home and hardly spoke
The President’s McFeast

The President’s McFeast

How does that line go? All fast food served warm is alike, but every fast-foodstuff consumed after it gets cold is unhappy in its own way?Regardless: Taste was not, by all appearances, a top concern
Sharon Van Etten’s Synth-Pop Celebration of Vulnerability

Sharon Van Etten’s Synth-Pop Celebration of Vulnerability

Piano chords descend at ritual pace, reverberating as if in a cathedral. A woman sings, her each word a weary quaver. “Sitting at the bar, I told you everything,” she begins.Then: “You said, ‘Holy
Amazon’s <em>Informer</em> Deftly Mines the War on Terror

Amazon’s <em>Informer</em> Deftly Mines the War on Terror

You know how the saying goes: You wait years for a gripping British counterterrorism drama and then two come along at once. First the BBC’s Bodyguard arrived on Netflix in October, all clenched teeth
A Theatrical Moscow Trial Draws the Ire of Russia's Cultural Elite

A Theatrical Moscow Trial Draws the Ire of Russia's Cultural Elite

MOSCOW—Outside a courtroom here in the Russian capital, dozens of people crowded along a narrow corridor, some wearing T-shirts calling for those on trial to be freed, others clad in hipster and
What Netflix Is Learning From the Massive Success of <em>Bird Box</em>

What Netflix Is Learning From the Massive Success of <em>Bird Box</em>

Bird Box is one of those movies that doesn’t stand up to the barest amount of scrutiny. If you were to pause the film on Netflix, where it is streaming now, and ask a basic plot question—such as “How
A Novel Made for the “Yellow Vest” Moment

A Novel Made for the “Yellow Vest” Moment

PARIS—In Michel Houellebecq’s 2015 novel, Submission, the narrator converts to Islam after France has elected a Muslim president. The book’s imagined future tapped into (and also questioned) a
<em>True Detective</em> Tries to Reclaim Its Original Glory

<em>True Detective</em> Tries to Reclaim Its Original Glory

When True Detective arrived on television in 2014, it somehow felt both seismic and familiar. The HBO series was the oldest kind of small-screen story—a cop show following one mysterious case—given a
Lady Gaga’s R. Kelly Apology Is a Reminder That Abuse Isn’t Provocative

Lady Gaga’s R. Kelly Apology Is a Reminder That Abuse Isn’t Provocative

Lady Gaga lies on an operating table, R. Kelly reaches under her sheet and toward her groin, and Gaga moans. Sedatives kick in, and Kelly and a crew of scantily clad nurses start gyrating on her
R. Kelly and the Cost of Black Protectionism

R. Kelly and the Cost of Black Protectionism

There is still so much to unpack about Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, a horrifying six-part examination of the sexual-abuse allegations that have followed the superstar singer for more than