Asghar Farhadi, Donald Trump, and the Art of Unintended Consequences

“The Salesman,” the latest film from the acclaimed director of “A Separation,” offers a timely portrait of people and places on the verge of collapse­—and an important reminder of the moral power of art.

The Road-to-Ruin Cure

The things that you want are not necessarily the things that are good.

Bitte, Baby: Riot LA and Comedy in the Age of Trump

Comedy—and particularly political comedy—only reinforces our bubbles. So what?

Laughtershock: Comedy As a Minor Form of Resistance

How do you laugh at anything after an election like this?

A House Divided: How Barry Moser’s “We Were Brothers” Offers a Way Forward After Trump

The author’s reflections on his relationship with his deeply racist brother make an appeal to our common humanity.

Transmissions from a Heartbroken Mob on a Los Angeles Freeway

With nationwide protests sending out a clear message, why does it all just feel like shouting in a bucket?

At the Edges of the Edge of the World: Is Icelandic Music Over?

We set off in search of a new Icelandic sound

Sounds Delicious: Chef Heston Blumenthal on How Synesthesia Influences His Michelin-Starred Cooking

Many associate the sense-blending experience of synesthesia with music and painting, but for one chef at least, it’s entered the kitchen.

“I Built It to Build It”: Mary Oliver’s Habit of Being

With the essay collection “Upstream,” the lauded poet offers a portrait of herself and the world that is no less shrouded in mystery than her best work.

Announcing FLOOD 5, Available Now for Physical Purchase and Free Download

Featuring cover stories on Daveed Diggs and Angel Olsen.

Transcendence Is Key: Two Disrupted Nights with David Lynch

Downtown LA’s Theatre at Ace Hotel played host to the director’s Festival of Disruption this weekend.

Take Us With You, Vin Scully

When the GOAT hangs it up this weekend, we’re losing a lot more than just a golden voice.

The Back Pages: Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”

The 2012 film adaptation of David Mitchell’s grand story has its share of flaws, but it exceeds Mitchell’s work in the novel’s grandest ambition: being a moral work of art.

Andrew Bird and Natalie Morales Team Up to Fight Gun Violence with Moving Short Film

Plus Bird will be donating a portion of his ticket sales to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Dad Rock: The San Diego Padres Are Responsible for the Worst Sports Songs Ever Written

Yes, even worse than Scott Stapp’s Marlins song. Lord forgive the parents who squandered their children’s chance for a normal life by subjecting them to this stuff.

Disappoint Your Mom and Recreate Your Favorite “South Park” Scenes at LA’s Paley Center

The South Park 20 Experience comes to the media organization’s Los Angeles branch.

Minions Take Over the Surf-Fashion World with Buff Monster/Rusty Collab “Minions Lost in Paradise”

Plus four other out-of-the-box fashion collaborations.

Netflix Reveals the Surprisingly Complex World of Professional Bull Riding in “Fearless”

The six-episode documentary series premieres August 19.

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