2021 Year in Review

Singer Taylor Swift attends the 66th Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift May Yet Save Joe Biden Taylor Swift May Yet Save Joe Biden

Attacks on the popular singer help highlight the sheer weirdness of Trump’s GOP.

Feb 5, 2024 / 2021 Year in Review / Jeet Heer

Actor Slim Pickens rides the bomb, waving his cowboy hat.

“The New Yorker” Goes All In on Our Precious Bodily Fluids “The New Yorker” Goes All In on Our Precious Bodily Fluids

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the virus.

Jan 11, 2023 / 20 Years of Bloodshed and Delusion / Gregg Gonsalves

Simone Biles

The Year in Sports: Athletes Face Backlash but Refuse to Back Down The Year in Sports: Athletes Face Backlash but Refuse to Back Down

This past year’s reaction to the 2020 upsurge reflected—and shaped—broader currents in society.

Dec 13, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Dave Zirin

Stop the Steal rally

A Year on a Hinge of History A Year on a Hinge of History

If we want to save the republic, we will have to do it ourselves.

Dec 13, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / D.D. Guttenplan

Brittany Ramos DeBarros Took On the War Machine. Now She’s Running for Congress.

Brittany Ramos DeBarros Took On the War Machine. Now She’s Running for Congress. Brittany Ramos DeBarros Took On the War Machine. Now She’s Running for Congress.

Can an anti-war ex–Army officer defeat a centrist Dem and a Trumpian Republican in New York City’s most conservative district?

Nov 30, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Liza Featherstone

Denis Villeneuve’s Humanistic “Dune”

Denis Villeneuve’s Humanistic “Dune” Denis Villeneuve’s Humanistic “Dune”

His adaptation was the first to understand the scale—both intimate and epic—the sci-fi novel required to translate to film.

Nov 27, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Erin Schwartz

Paul Gosar

Expel Paul Gosar From Congress Expel Paul Gosar From Congress

The Arizona Republican, who has a history of consorting with neo-Nazis and insurrectionists, shared a video Monday depicting him killing AOC. It’s time to expel this twisted fiend.

Nov 11, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / John Nichols

Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life

Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life

Her remarkable two-part film The Souvenir examines how an artist turns the fragments of their personal history into an enduring story.

Nov 11, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Devika Girish

Succession - Jeremy Strong

“Succession”’s Repetition Compulsion “Succession”’s Repetition Compulsion

In Succession’s moral universe, no one can ever get what they want or what they deserve.

Nov 10, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Sam Adler-Bell

Dave Chappelle’s Comedy of Bitterness

Dave Chappelle’s Comedy of Bitterness Dave Chappelle’s Comedy of Bitterness

In his recent special The Closer, and his response to critics of it, he outlines a strange version of identity politics where comedians are always the victims. 

Nov 9, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Stephen Kearse

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