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Mohsen Makhmalbaf during the Vesoul International Asian Cinema Festival, 2009

An Iranian director’s ongoing meditations on the nature of illusion and reality, truth and consequences.

Steven Soderbergh as Fletcher Munson/Dr. Jeffrey Korchek, in Schizopolis

Hollywood’s wonkiest director hasn’t stopped working. He’s finding new problems to solve—and toying with us again.

Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon

Walter Mosley

The author opens up about his latest art exhibition, magic, failure and unexpected success.

Gramsci Archive and Library, part of Gramsci Monument (2013), Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn’s unmonumental monument to egalitarianism and Antonio Gramsci.

Summer’s fall: White House Down

The happy ending to Hollywood’s summer: not guy gets girl but guy gets job.

A drawing of a cellblock at Pelican Bay State Prison by an anonymous inmate

A call for architects to refuse to design chambers of living death.

Blogs

 Eric on Heart and Paul Simon and Reed on the absurdity of the anger surrounding leaks.

June 15, 2012

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

For women in politics, sexuality is often a liability. Will two new shows break the mold?

May 22, 2012

A new collection featuring ninety-nine tracks of class-conscious music from ninety-nine artists.

May 17, 2012

For all our talk about the multiracialism of the millennial generation, the lack of interracial social connections is more than a coincidence.

May 10, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day, here’s my stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

April 25, 2012

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012