Welcome, Grace!

Commonweal has long been a go-to place for intelligent criticism of books, movies, and plays. But what about cultural phenomena that don't fit neatly into any of those categories? What about publicity stunts, celebrity exhibitionism, and sham ceremony? With the addition of our new cultural critic Grace van Cutsem, we'll have that stuff covered too. Grace will be writing for us about the press conferences of Steve Jobs, Lebron James, and Donald Trump; Justin Bieber concerts; and, of course, royal weddings.

Matthew Boudway is senior editor of Commonweal.

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