Tag: Culture

Errol Morris Tells Us Why He Titled His Steve Bannon Documentary ‘American Dharma’ Instead Of ‘The Fog Of Bullshit’

Errol Morris had secured his place in the documentary hall of fame long before The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara. That film was rightly acclaimed for the way it dissected its subject — one of the architects of the Vietnam War — using the subject’s own words. It […]

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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation

During one of his recent confrontations with congressional Democrats, Donald Trump made a stunning comment about the United States’ Jewish population. How could Jewish voters overwhelmingly support the Democratic party, he groused, when it included prominent critics of Israel like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? When American Jews voted for those politicians—or other members of […]

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The Solange-Curated Bridge-s at the Getty Center Is a Hypnotizing and Ethereal Viewpoint on Transition

There aren’t many experiences that have left me so truly speechless that they’ve stayed with me forever. Cue the unmatched Solange Knowles and Bridge-s. Brought to Los Angeles’ Getty Center Museum by Dropbox and Getty in partnership with IAMSOUND, Bridge-s explores the themes of “transitions through time.” Advertisement From Getty’s press release: Exploring themes of […]

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Understanding The Northwestern Student Paper Apology And The Ensuing Backlash

Over the weekend, Northwestern University’s student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, issued an editorial apologizing for “mistakes” they had made while covering a student protest of former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ visit to the campus last week. The offending act consisted of photographing students involved in the protest and then attempting to reach out to the […]

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The Redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog Somehow Actually Looks Good

Back in April, Paramount dropped the first trailer for the upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie and… good lord, it did not go over well. This was not the adorable, chili dog-fueled video game beast we all thought we knew. The movie’s Sonic was a strange, hyperreal CGI monstrosity even worse than Will Smith’s genie: […]

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How Europe Stumped Britain’s Conservatives

Not long before Margaret Thatcher’s intensely dramatic departure from office in November 1990, the veteran Conservative politician William Whitelaw was talking to Sir Robin Butler, recently appointed as Cabinet secretary, the most senior permanent official in the British government. As Charles Moore relates in Herself Alone, the third and final volume of his authorized biography […]

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The Case for Climate Hope

Climate denialism is back. For decades, denialists rejected truths about the environment: the link between carbon emissions and global warming, the human role in rising emissions, and the adequacy of climate modeling. That old form of denialism is buckling under the weight of the growing number of disasters clearly generated by our changing climate. In […]

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2020’s Least Offensive Candidate Eats Food The Most Offensively And Folks Have Jokes

Pete Buttigieg is America’s least offensive candidate. He’s a smart white dude, so he has what the DNC would call “electability,” he’s a proud gay man and a millennial, appealing to the few liberal voters who won’t settle for the other moderate white male candidates (Biden). He’s served in the military and appears focus-driven and […]

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The Sinister Privilege of Burning Billions

By the time Adam Neumann arrived in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood in 2008, most of the creatives who’d once lived and worked on the borough’s waterfront were gone. They’d been exiled years earlier, as successive mayors cracked down on code violations and landlords nursed visions of converting everything into luxury condos. The financial crisis had left […]

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Philip Pullman’s Defense of Free Thought

In his essays and speeches over the years, Philip Pullman has argued that fantasy stories have the power to change their audience and remake the world. His own stories are certainly getting a chance to try. The author of His Dark Materials, the beloved British fantasy trilogy about the adventures of the preteen heroine Lyra […]

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Airbnb Is Banning Party Houses After A Deadly Halloween Shooting: An Explainer

Airbnb will now ban “party houses” and double their efforts to crack down on unauthorized parties held at properties on their platform after a deadly shooting at one such house party on Halloween left five dead and many injured. The incident took place at a four-bedroom property in the Contra Costa County suburb of Orinda […]

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