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30 Years Gone, and Oh, How We Still Love Orson Welles

Author and filmmaker F.X. Feeney delves into the life—and afterlife—of one of 20th century’s most brilliant creative forces, one who never strayed far from the political.

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In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Robo Babe Raises Powerful Questions

In the spirit of cautionary prophesies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Demon Seed,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Her,” Alex Garland’s provocative film raises questions of gender, ethics and existentialism. 

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation

The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE

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Throwing Up for Peace

The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE

‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps

Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE

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Welcome to Alphaville, Avoid the Ghetto

The world we see through our smartphones is a curated world, and its horizons are constricting, rather than expanding.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE

The Normal Heart and Nijinsky’s Faun

We just lived through a year of uprisings round the world, including the Occupy Wall Street movement. In culture, in science and in politics we have every reason to expect that the opening years of this century will be as dangerous and as transformative as the first decade of the 20th.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE

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Who’s Your Mummy?

Whether the Mummy or Frankenstein’s Monster, there was no getting around the fact that these poor souls, many of them merely starved for love and companionship, were innocent victims of either intolerance or blatant discrimination from the dominant culture.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE    

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