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The Hitsville USA building in Detroit

When it comes to protest, are pop songs smarter than us, knowing what they can and cannot do?

MOVE members exit their headquarters during a 1978 confrontation with police

Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller; Peter Morgan and Ron Howard’s Rush; anniversary wishes to Stuart Klawans from Rabbi Simcha Feffeferman

Charles Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20, 1964

How a jazz artist’s relationship to black identity gave his music its stormy weather.

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.

Blogs

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

Mixed in are some laughs, if you can handle that, and to get viewers to swallow this topic, a promise of cute hamsters.

May 6, 2014

It includes interviews with Blair, Raines and others involved.

May 5, 2014

From the self-portraits in the shower, to his portrait of Putin, the paintings are amateurish—street-fair quality at best—but that hardly halted the media orgy. 

April 17, 2014

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