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Quiet Days in Malibu

Artists have been trailed out of the box canyons north of Los Angeles by enemies, real or imagined, for decades. Jules Amthor, Chandler’s sociopathic...

Ramona at Forty

I always knew Beverly Cleary was a great writer. I read every single one of her books growing up -- even the lesser-discussed ones...

Orphan Black’s Reproducing Body

Twenty-first century Americans are fascinated with stories featuring bodies that blur the boundaries between self and other. Collectives frighten us. We recoil before the...

Summer Jams

It’s May, which means it’s time to start thinking about your summer jam.  Maybe you think this is premature. But the thing about the summer...

Unfeeling Godzilla

On the morning of August 30, 2005, the front page of the New York Times featured a photo of New Orleans in the aftermath...

Late Don Draper, or Television at Stage Nine

Here’s one way to tell the story of the corporate arts in the United States of America in the twentieth century: Every reigning medium—the...