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Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) in The Fault in Our Stars

A new batch of teen films deliver their blows and soften them in a single gesture.

Frank Capra

Why World War II offered Hollywood directors an escape into reality.

A still from La jetée (1962), by Chris Marker

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village as seen from the air over the East River, N

The amount of affordable housing in New York City is shrinking, and Mayor de Blasio’s development plans might not reverse the trend.

Agata Trzebuchowska (left) and Agata Kulesza in Ida

Catholic Innocence meets Jewish Experience after the Holocaust in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida.

Untitled (Quetta, Pakistan), by Sigmar Polke, 1974/78

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Blogs

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014