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Notes on Wonder Woman

Art has many functions. It can dazzle, surprise, break us out of habituated ways of thinking, enrage, bore us, or simply reaffirm what we...

The Most Confederate Name in the Caribbean

Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Beguiled, is as frothy a delight as the pastel-colored macaroons featured in her earlier Marie Antoinette. But whereas Marie...

Oh No She Baba-Don’t

I’ve seen The Babadook something like thirty or forty times. I consider it one of the most brilliant movies of the last ten years....

On Not Letting Bastards Grind You Down

  You may remember the “Romans Go Home” scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. In the dead of the night, a centurion catches Brian painting...

The Goddess Problem

“Zeus, Hera, and…” I paused and glanced at my glass of red wine, “Dionysus.” We were playing a game: five seconds to name three...

Parapraxis at the Academy Awards!

“This is not a joke.” So said Jordan Horowitz, producer of La La Land, amid the minor chaos occurring on stage at the 2017 Academy...