Articles by Daniel Harmon

The “Unqualified for the Job” Cure

Now’s probably a good time to celebrate some people who are actually experts in their chosen professions.

Todd Haynes’s “Safe” Is the Movie You Should Stream Tonight

Todd Haynes’s breakout feature from 1995 is also his masterpiece.

The Death Cure: Stayin’ Alive

Because 2017 is definitely trying to kill us.

The “You Can’t Freeze Time” Cure

Serene entertainments to help draw out what little time we have left.

In Conversation: “Loving” Composer David Wingo on Separating Inspiration and Imagination

Jeff Nichols is one of the most exciting directors working today, not just because of his own artistic vision, but also because of the people…

Green Skies Over Red Seas: A Conversation with Luke Healy, Author of “How to Survive in the North”

The graphic novelist talks about his first book, out this month from Nobrow, and shares a few pages.

The Toxic Relatives Cure: Families that Would Never Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Prepare for the worst by spending some time with the very best families in the history of popular culture.

The Desolation Cure: Finding Beauty in the Ruins

Now seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the beautiful things that we have the power to create.

The Uncertainty Cure: Resting Easy in Hard-Earned Fates

America lies in an anguished state of uncertainty as we enter the last few days before the election. But just because we don’t know the future doesn’t mean that the future is always unknowable. We now take solace in stories that begin at the end.

Sex, Death, and Suffering: A Conversation with Julia Gfrörer, Author of “Laid Waste”

The graphic novelist talks about her latest book, out this month from Fantagraphics, and shares exclusive pages.

He Said, He Said: Do Ghost Stories Suck or Nah?

Uh…boo! It’s everyone’s favorite Halloween topic: the effectiveness of ghost stories. Two of our spookiest contributors make their case using the preferred forum of pop-culture enthusiasts everywhere: Slack.

The Inferno Cure: History Lessons that Are Not Punishingly Awful

Some suggestions about what else you might do if you’re hungry for some cultural edification but can’t stomach another two hours with Robert Langdon.

The Delayed Launch Cure: A List of Currently Streamable Classics

The launch of the new TCM/Criterion streaming service FilmStruck got pushed to November, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wait to get our share of quirky classics.

Beyond the Great American Novel: On “The Underground Railroad”

Colson Whitehead’s latest novel brings America’s subterranean history up into the light.

A New Kind of Film for a Modern Form of Menace: Keith Maitland on “Tower”

Using rotoscope animation and imagined talking-head interviews with survivors and victims, the Austin director brings us back to the scene of the 1966 massacre at the University of Texas.

The Creepy Clown Cure: A Celebration of Some of Our Most Basic Fears

Enough with creepy clowns, slender men, and other viral freak-shows. Let’s focus instead on more enduring horrors.

The “One Month Until the Election” Cure: Luxuriating in Pop Culture’s Quiet Preambles

It’s a little more than a month until the United States will have an election that has the capacity to literally make Donald Trump the most powerful man in the world. But right now, today, we simply wait. We are not there yet. And these first acts celebrate that vibrating moment before the plot thickens.

The Ignorance Cure: Easy Ways to Avoid Having Your Own Aleppo Moment

Because no human being should be made to look like a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy.”

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