Film & Arts

Fiction | You Will Be Missed

What kind of people don’t see their only sibling for years, then show up at her husband’s funeral? What kind of Irish joke are you?

'Rosewater' & 'Nightcrawler'

"Rosewater"—set in an Iranian prison—is painful, poignant, at times funny and humanizing. "Nightcrawler"—a monster movie that wants to be a social indictment—isn't.

'Listen Up Philip'

The reduction of character and motive to diagrammable banalities seems of a piece with this film’s lack of interest in creating anything resembling human emotion.

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

Browsers Welcome

From its inception Amazon has sought to disrupt the traditional bookselling market. Now France is trying to disrupt Amazon while protecting independent bookstores.

'Love Is Strange'

What’s quietly revelatory about 'Love Is Strange' is that its creators didn’t feel the need to turn it into a social-protest document.

'Calvary'

'Calvary' belongs in a select company of films that deal powerfully with the plight of a priest who finds himself at odds with his community.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

Poem | A Life

Her sixteenth birthday party is tonight. / In the next room, the Lord lets there be light. ...

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?

Mad Jack

In her biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age.” In fact Sassoon’s life spanned several ages.
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The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

April 20, 2015 | 26 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Believe It or Not

April 18, 2015 | 8 comments

Loitering

April 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 1 comment

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 2 comments