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Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theatre

Steeped in anthropology and art history, this summer’s big shows are occasions for talk instead of exploring art that reaches the unsaid.

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Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street; Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground; John Cassavetes’s Too Late Blues

The “most dangerous show on television” highlights our shredded social contract.

Henri Matisse, Landscape Near Collioure (1905)

When collecting works of avant-garde art, Albert Barnes and Leo and Gertrude Stein seemed even madder than its makers.

Claude Lanzmann

In his memoir, The Patagonian Hare, the Shoah director’s life upstages his masterwork.

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard’s Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance.

Frances McDormand and Bill Murray in Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Blogs

Years of Living Dangerously will make you boiling mad about the climate calamity that awaits us in the twenty-first century.  

April 15, 2014

Conservatives see the selection of Colbert as the next host of The Late Show as proof of liberal media bias. 

April 11, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

An excerpt from When Hollywood Turned Left, Greg Mitchell’s new e-book about the first modern campaign to secretly raise massive amounts of money.

April 6, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

“The Interweb tried to swallow me whole,” said Colbert. “But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up, like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”

April 1, 2014

Actors and actresses were long known for contract disputes and sex scandals, not social activism. So when, and why, did the shift to the left occur?

March 25, 2014

The CIA and NSA routinely ignore the Constitution, yet want the Justice Department to protect them from an over-reaching Congress.

March 24, 2014

Vergara’s ambivalent feelings about gentrifying Harlem stem from a recognition of just how far the neighborhood had fallen in previous years.

March 22, 2014