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Art & Culture
Living Hells: George Saunders, Octavia Butler, and the Quest for a Moral Fiction

George Saunders’ first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” follows in the footsteps of “Kindred” and “Cloud Atlas” in attempting to create a new kind of hell for the secular world—and in the process, it shows how fiction can still make a difference in Donald Trump’s America.

June 21, 2017
Art & Culture
Breaking: Kristen Radtke

What once started as a series of essays about the ruins of civilization eventually turned into a full-blown graphic memoir—”Imagine Wanting Only This.” But it’s not as apocalyptic as it sounds.

May 23, 2017
Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
The Cynicism Cure

A sincere celebration of principled people and the art they produce.

February 13, 2017


Art & CultureFilm + TV
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.

February 07, 2017

Joan of Arc in Dreyer’s Joan of Arc

Film + TVStaff Picks
The Culture of Violence Cure (a.k.a. The Super Bowl Cure)

Sober-minded classics for coping with a day of boozy bloodlust.

February 03, 2017
Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
The Road-to-Ruin Cure

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

January 30, 2017

2016. Donald Trump, photo by Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons

Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
The Inauguration Day Cure

Prescriptions for coping with your very rational fears.

January 20, 2017

Matt Damon in the martian.

Film + TVStaff Picks
The “Unqualified for the Job” Cure

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

January 13, 2017
Film + TV
Todd Haynes’s “Safe” Is the Movie You Should Stream Tonight

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

January 11, 2017
Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
The Death Cure: Stayin’ Alive

Because 2017 is definitely trying to kill us.

January 06, 2017
Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
The “You Can’t Freeze Time” Cure

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

December 09, 2016

BARCELONA – APRIL 13: David Wingo of Ola Podrida performs on stage at Sala Apolo on April 13, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns)

Film + TVIn Conversation
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…

December 07, 2016
Art & Culture
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.

November 18, 2016

Bob’s Burgers

Film + TVStaff Picks
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.

November 18, 2016

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Campaign signs for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump litter the floor of the room where he celebrated his victory at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours on November 9, 2016 in New York City. In a surprise victory, Trump beat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
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.

November 11, 2016


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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.

November 04, 2016
Art & Culture
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.

November 01, 2016
Film + TV
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.

October 31, 2016
Art & CultureFilm + TVStaff Picks
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.

October 28, 2016

The Lady Vanishes poster

Film + TVStaff Picks
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.

October 21, 2016
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