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The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Demonic Glamour: On The Assassination Of Gianni Versace

by Cyrus Cassells | Dec 12, 2018 | Culture, Television

Rather than offering standard gore and merely giving us the willies, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Ryan Murphy’s second installment of American Crime Story on the FX channel (now available on Amazon Prime Video and ITunes), is one of the rare serial killer dramas genuinely interested in sexual mores, complex character, spiky history, and salient […]

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The Ghost Script

Judge Kavanaugh, I Feel For You

by Jules Feiffer | Nov 19, 2018 | Media, Politics

Strip by Jules Feiffer. The Ghost Script, Jules’s new graphic novel, is just out. This piece originally ran in Tablet magazine, at tabletmag.com, and was reprinted with permission in the November issue of The Spectator.

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The Handmaid's Tale

New Handmaid’s Tale Season Is At Once Darker and Closer to Reality

by Cyrus Cassells | Nov 19, 2018 | Culture, Television

I’ve finally caught up with Hulu’s spectacular The Handmaid’s Tale, just in time for its unsettling second season. What seemed far-fetched in 1985, when Margaret Atwood’s knife-keen, dystopian novel first appeared, has now become all too feasible, what with Trump’s rise and the Right’s increasingly brazen tangos with fundamentalism and white supremacy. It’s easy to […]

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I.F. Stone, 1988

Annals of the Press

by Jacob Brackman | Oct 15, 2018 | Media, Politics

Jacob Brackman was a 21-year-old features editor on The Harvard Crimson when, in 1965, he wrote this vivid profile of Izzy Stone, the ingenious and curmudgeonly proprietor of I.F. Stone’s Weekly. Corporate media was ascendant even in those early years, and Stone’s independence, fearlessness, and legendary work ethic earned him a unique standing at a […]

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Sebastián Lelio

Renegade Charisma: Sebastián Lelio’s Fantastic Woman and Disobedience

by Cyrus Cassells | Oct 2, 2018 | Culture, Movies

The Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s rule-defying female leads and leitmotifs (defiance, forbidden love, and obstructed mourning) are so consistent that his last three films, Gloria, A Fantastic Woman—awarded this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Film—and Disobedience, could count as a trilogy on a woman’s quest for respect, ardor, and erotic freedom. His spirited, front-and-center heroines […]

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