Film & Arts


By the time Diego moved in, I was forty and Diego fifty, our marginal existences long established. We ranted about the torture regime he once fled. We danced tangos.
Motto Pictures / Sundance Selects


'Weiner' sets out to film Anthony Weiner’s unlikely political comeback, as he sought to put the disgrace behind him with a run for mayor of New York in 2013.

Poem | Sarah's Song

Promised sand afoot / sun-scuffed and shining behind us, / My song exalts the promise— / I trail horizons
He did not go gentle: Dylan Thomas

'The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End'

Katie Roiphe’s new book takes up the question of how six writers especially well versed in death and dying dealt with their own impending deaths.

The Greatest

Muhammad Ali’s self-love was transferrable. He beat up his opponents and pick-pocketed their confidence but miraculously helped millions see fresh possibilities.
Tristar Pictures

'Money Monster'

Starring George Clooney as a TV investment guru, Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster' might be too likable for its own good.

Take That, Max Weber

The affection and tenderness of the "Irish Journal" is a stark contrast to Heinrich Böll’s bitter novellas and short stories of the same years.

'I Want Soul'

Award-winning novelist C. E. Morgan talks about "moral beauty," evil and empathy, and how landscape informs her work, including her latest, "The Sport of Kings."

Poem | Wild

Even the eagle is deep / into dailyness // acts as if safe, & is silly / during its courtship rituals // spends days / inspecting / impregnable building sites...

'Born to Be Blue' & 'Miles Ahead'

Two jazz trumpeters, now each the subject of a biopic taking its title from one of its hero’s hits: "Born to Be Blue" (Chet Baker) and "Miles Ahead" (Miles Davis).

'Eye in the Sky'

The atmosphere of moral agony in Eye in the Sky reflects standard-issue Hollywood sentimentality. Politically, it offers Americans moral justification for drone war.

Poem | Air Waves

Set off by the light-governed timer the lawn-sprinkler waves a rain-wall of water east and west.  A robin, its bright beak still fledgling-yellow, stands...
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Book Reviews

'I Alone'

July 26, 2016 | 5 comments

The Art of Resistance

July 20, 2016 | 1 comment

Letter from Rome

July 20, 2016 | 0 comments

A Church for Peace?

July 11, 2016 | 12 comments