Articles by Daniel Harmon

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.

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.

The Cynicism Cure

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

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 Culture of Violence Cure (a.k.a. The Super Bowl Cure)

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

The Road-to-Ruin Cure

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

The Inauguration Day Cure

Prescriptions for coping with your very rational fears.

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.”

The Brangelina Cure: Relationships That Will Restore Your Shattered Faith in (the Noble Lie That Is) True Love

Brad and Angelina are Brangelinathingofthepast, but rather than brooding upon the ephemerality of romantic relationships or the fragility of human projects as a whole, let’s celebrate, instead.

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.

The Opposite of Death and Diarrhea: On Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things”

On a network overflowing with jaded takes on everyday life, “Better Things” stands out as a show that’s serious about its laughs.

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