Culture

Owning Time at the Venice Biennale

If only for an hour, the Zimbabwean artist Admire Kamudzengerere sought to exert control over an audience culled from the wealthy, sophisticated, international art-world elite.

Alina Cohen

The Mysticism of Louis Kahn

After walking through the buildings he designed, it is impossible to imagine a world without them.

Paul Goldberger

To the Republic, for Which It Stands

The broad Trumpian vow to “Make America Great Again” chimed in near-perfect unison with the cultural offensives of the Christian right.

Chris Lehmann
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From the Magazine

MUNA’s Total Honesty

The LA pop trio’s greatest strength is its willingness to name the enemy.

Laura Snapes

The Fight Over Sexual Freedom

Geoffrey Stone’s book is a powerful reminder that the history of sexual equality is one of backlash as well as progress.

Anna North

Inside the Birth of a Trump-Inspired Intellectual Magazine

Reading through American Affairs, one gets the sense that avoiding policy questions is as much a strategy as a politics.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Fiction

George Saunders’s Lincoln

The novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ examines the Civil War as the root of America’s violent past—and as a possible source of empathy that might release us from it.
Jon Baskin

The title stories of George Saunders’s first two collections of fiction, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia, are both set on the grounds of historical-reenactment parks. As in the recent HBO drama Westworld, the features of the parks are gradually revealed from the perspective of the people working there. But… Continue Reading >

Music

‘Everybody’ Has Something to Say About Logic

Logic is an adept lyricist known for speedy, tongue-twisting flows, and yet much of the public narrative about the rapper fixates on the way he looks.

Marcus J. Moore

Laetitia Sadier’s New Alliance

The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble is a great argument for the type of experimentation that only comes from a solid knowledge of music history and decades of experience making it.

Erin Vanderhoof

Kendrick Lamar’s Statement of Faith

With his excellent fourth album, DAMN., the rapper has given us an album that is as concerned with America as it is with God.

Marcus J. Moore

Films

New Cinema: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

James Gunn’s Marvel Universe sequel is earnest in a way that’s ill-suited to a movie that pretends to razz the whole superhero business.

Stuart Klawans

The Decade Before the LA Riots

Let It Fall is a comprehensive history of how Los Angeles tore itself apart from 1982 to 1992, as well as the story of a dozen or more personal tragedies.

Stuart Klawans

When Big Names Are Everywhere

Norman and Obit are movies lovingly dedicated to the virtues of the small and the anonymous.

Stuart Klawans

Poems

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