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Sounds of Sex

“Good golly Miss Molly!” Little Richard howled with glee. It was 1959, and the self-proclaimed “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was hellaciously flinging a truth at America. “When you’re rockin’ and rollin’ / You can’t hear your mama call!”Show More Summary

Elvis & Nixon: The Odd Couple, Impressions Included

Elvis & Nixon is a perfectly pleasant minor little comedy that flies by quickly and passes the time easily, and I can’t figure out if I should be disappointed by that fact, or relieved by it. The movie doesn’t have a lot to say about...Show More Summary

Fifty Shades of Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew performed at Shakespeare in the Park, 1960. NYPL Digital Archive Put your head on your lover’s chest and you will hear ba- bump, ba- bump, ba- bump. It’s a heartbeat, but it’s also a very specific rhythm—it’s iambic pentameter, the metrical foot made famous by William Shakespeare. Show More Summary

Why the Republican Party Can’t Win Over Black Voters

Last month, Hasan Harnett, the state chair of North Carolina’s Republican Party, was banned from party headquarters and locked out of his email account. The party’s central committee accused him of “making false and malicious statements about other Republicans and staff,” and of attempting to divert funds. Show More Summary

The Return of the Women Scorned

The year may be 2016, but we’re still trying trying to grapple with the sexism of two decades ago. Anita Hill, Marcia Clark, and Monica Lewinksy were all subjected to horrifyingly misogynist attacks in the 1990s, and by a quirk of the zeitgeist, all are in the news again. Show More Summary

The Jungle Book: The Horror of Nature, Now With Songs

The latest incarnation of The Jungle Book is an attempt to sew together two very different types of movies, and the fit isn’t always the snuggest one. On one hand, you have an attempt from director Jon Favreau, to muscle up the 1967Show More Summary

The Verizon Strike Signals a Larger Economic Battle

When you push workers hard enough, eventually they’re going to push back. That’s what we’ve seen this week, as Verizon workers initiated the largest strike in America in several years—actually since the last Verizon strike in 2011. Thirty-six...Show More Summary

Has Bernie Sanders’s Positive Campaign Doomed Him?

Last April, reporters gathered outside the Capitol to hear Bernie Sanders announce he was running for president. From the podium, the Vermont senator made it clear he intended to wage a positive campaign that would stand out from the mudslinging and vitriol in modern American politics. Show More Summary

Black Glove

There she was we said flat on her back on the sidewalk outside Burdick’s like a lost crow in the snow, splayed open as a question mark, the time, mark he time you said, like it was dead and picked it up Who would have missed this bird on...Show More Summary

How to Hide Earth From an Alien Civilization

What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of Star Trek than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction. Of course...Show More Summary

Orphan Black Returns to Form

On Orphan Black, the many female clones of Project Leda, all played by the brilliant Tatiana Maslany, have had their genetic code patented, their eggs harvested, their bodies sterilized, and their sexual histories interrogated. ThatShow More Summary

Primary Concerns Episode 9: Divide and Flounder

For the first time since Donald Trump’s candidacy began, Republicans are coalescing around a theory of how to deny him the presidential nomination. But that raises a terrifying new question: what will happen to the juggernaut Trump has...Show More Summary

The Burden of Bill Clinton’s Baggage

In theory, Bill Clinton should be the perfect surrogate for Hillary Clinton. Only five living men have held the job she’s vying for, and of the select group of living presidents he is the most popular, enjoying a 64 percent favorability rating. Show More Summary

Why the Goldman Sachs Settlement Is a $5 Billion Sham

“Recently Goldman Sachs reached a settlement with the federal government for $5 billion because they were selling worthless packages of subprime mortgages,” Bernie Sanders shouted (as he does) in the last Democratic presidential debate. Show More Summary

Should Feminism Be About Political Solidarity?

We’re at an odd point these days when it comes to feminism and gender politics. On one hand, reproductive rights are as challenged as ever, in the U.S. and elsewhere. On the other, the more plugged-in youth (and fashion labels) have transcended gender altogether. Show More Summary

The Kind of Loneliness That’s Good for Art

“I never went swimming in New York,” Olivia Laing remarks in an early chapter of The Lonely City, her meditation on urban solitude and artists who have illuminated its murky terrain. Laing is English, based in London, and during a period...Show More Summary

After Zaha, The Prizker Chooses Civics Over Style

Last week, seven winners of the vaunted Pritzker Architecture Prize gathered in the airy, Danish Modern-style Trusteeship Council chamber of the United Nations: they included, among other worthies, Richard Rogers of the U.K. (the 2007...Show More Summary

Can Donald Trump Lead a Political Movement?

At some point in the near future, Donald Trump’s campaign career will come to an end. Should Trump win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, it is exceedingly likely that he’ll lose the general election in November. ShouldShow More Summary

Life and Death Among the Gangs of Central America

El Niño Hollywood was a scrappy preteen, dirt-poor and wide-eyed, when he met Chepe Furia. The 26-year-old, hardened by he Mara Salvatrucha gang on the streets of Los Angeles, had recently returned o El Salvador to build his child army. Show More Summary

Karl Ove Knausgaard Enters Adulthood

Andre Løyning In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s 2009 novel A Time for Everything, the narrator says hat if we are to understand his character, a sixteenth-century Italian named Antinous, it won’t come from charting the inner landscape of hisShow More Summary

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