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  • ‘Nope’ Scene Stealer Brandon Perea on How His Character Changed the WGA-Nominated Script January 28, 2023
    Angel Torres, the Fry’s Electronics tech guy who joins forces with OJ and Em as they take on unimaginable forces in Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” which just notched a WGA Award nomination, was written as more of a cheery, can-do guy. But that didn’t seem right to Brandon Perea, who brought a more downbeat, angsty approach […]
  • Cinema Chain Vue International Wins Event Cinema Association’s Event Cinema Exhibitor of the Decade Award January 28, 2023
    Cinema chain Vue International has won the Event Cinema Association’s Event Cinema Exhibitor of the Decade Award. The chain is known for screening live events, including the “BTS: Permission to Dance” concert and has a long-standing arrangement to screen Royal Opera House ballets. Tim Richards, CEO and founder of Vue International, told Variety: “I am incred […]
    Naman Ramachandran
  • India’s Raveena Tandon to Headline Disney+ Hotstar Series (EXCLUSIVE) January 28, 2023
    Indian actor Raveena Tandon will headline an upcoming series for streamer Disney+ Hotstar. There are no further details at this stage from Disney+ Hotstar, which exclusively shared an image from the show with Variety. Tandon said: “I’m extremely elated to be a part of the Disney+ Hotstar family. This show is going to be very […]
    Naman Ramachandran
  • Jailed ‘Scrubs’ Writer Eric Weinberg Faces 12 More Sexual Assault Lawsuits January 28, 2023
    Twelve more sexual assault lawsuits were filed Friday against jailed “Scrubs” writer and producer Eric Weinberg, who is accused of being a serial rapist. Weinberg, 62, is also facing 18 criminal charges involving five women. Two women also filed lawsuits against him in November, alleging that he sexually assaulted them on separate occasions in 2019. […] […]
  • ‘Girl’ Review: Luminous Visuals Buoy a Heartsore Portrait of Immigrant Unrest January 28, 2023
    It’s five years since Theresa May, then the United Kingdom’s first prime minister of the Brexit era, coined the term “citizen of nowhere” to denigrate residents of the country who identified themselves more globally. Those three words swiftly became a media catchphrase to encapsulate the Conservative government’s apparent hostility toward immigrants; liberal […]
    Guy Lodge
  • Gregory Allen Howard, ‘Remember the Titans’ Screenwriter, Dies at 70 January 28, 2023
    Gregory Allen Howard, the award-winning screenwriter of “Remember the Titans,” died Friday in Miami, Fla. following a brief illness, his publicist confirmed to Variety. He was 70. Howard was best known for penning the screenplay for the 2000 classic sports film “Remember the Titans,” starring Denzel Washington and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Born in Norfo […]
    Charna Flam
  • Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Lucky Hank’ Adds Lilah Fitzgerald to Guest Cast (EXCLUSIVE) January 28, 2023
    Lilah Fitzgerald has signed on to join AMC’s “Lucky Hank” in a guest role. Formerly titled “Straight Man,” the eight-episode dramedy follows William Henry “Hank” Devereaux Jr. (Bob Odenkirk), an unlikely chairman in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Just as Hank’s career and home life begins to unravel, his wife Lily […] […]
  • ‘To Leslie’ Instagram Post Referencing Cate Blanchett Could Factor Into Academy Board Meeting January 28, 2023
    UPDATE: The Instagram post shared on the “To Leslie” account has been removed. The movie awards industry is buzzing following the news that the Academy is “conducting a review of campaign procedures” after Andrea Riseborough received a surprise best actress Oscar nomination for the independent drama “To Leslie.” The “grassroots” campaign enlisted numerous fa […]
    Clayton Davis
  • Grammys 2023: The Ultimate Party Guide January 28, 2023
    With the 2023 Grammy Awards a little more than a week away, invitations for the hottest pre- and post-Grammy parties and events have already begun to circulate around Los Angeles ahead of the big show at the Arena on Feb. 5. From the A-list room of Clive Davis’ soiree on Saturday night to Spotify’s annual best […]
    Thania Garcia
  • Sundance Wraps Up Its In-Person Return With Mega-Deals, High Anxiety and Controversy Over Captioning January 28, 2023
    On Jan. 22, the sales agents of WME Independent braced themselves for an all-night negotiation at the Sundance Film Festival. Once a staple of major film festivals, where million-dollar price tags soar as high as the altitude in the Utah mountains, these kind of marathon bidding wars had gone digital during the pandemic, or disappeared […]

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  • Stormy pattern unfolding in south-central US could lead to multiple snow, ice threats January 27, 2023
    Multiple rounds of wintry precipitation could snarl travel over portions of the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley next week, as several storms develop and move through the region over a five-day period, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. At least three storms will be responsible for the threat of ice and snow from Sunday through Thursday. The...
  • AccuWeather forecasters break down snow chances for DC to NYC next week January 27, 2023
    As storms brew over the southern Plains and head eastward next week, colder air will make its way into the Northeast. AccuWeather meteorologists believe that a swath of snow and ice may extend along a 1,500-mile-long swath from Texas to the mid-Atlantic coast, and might even end the snow drought for some big cities along...
  • Up to 50 vehicles involved in Wisconsin pileup amid whiteout conditions January 28, 2023
    Dozens of vehicles were involved in a pileup on Interstates-39/90 between Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, Jan. 27, amid heavy snowfall in the area. The Beloit Memorial Hospital confirmed it had received at least 27 patients from the crash, according to WISN 12 News. The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. local time near mile...
  • Subzero cold to freeze northern Rockies, Upper Midwest in biggest Arctic blast of 2023 January 27, 2023
    Temperatures have been well above normal through the first month of the year in the north-central United States, but AccuWeather meteorologists say a fresh blast of Arctic air will deliver some of the coldest weather since Christmas this weekend. The incoming cold air mass will remain mostly to the north of the Canadian border on...
  • Championship Sunday separated by 50-degree temperature difference January 28, 2023
    As fans gather at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday, a significant difference will be prevalent between the two locations: the temperature. The NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia will be the first of the two championship games to kickoff on Sunday. This game marks the...
  • Alberta clipper to drop snow around Chicago, Detroit ahead of next Arctic blast January 25, 2023
    AccuWeather meteorologists this week continued to track a brewing storm that is forecast to deliver a swath of accumulating snow from the northern Rockies to portions of the northern and central Plains and Great Lakes this weekend. The fresh snowfall will occur ahead of a new intrusion of Arctic air that was building over northern...
  • This January could go down as 2nd most active for tornadoes January 28, 2023
    Despite being less than a month into the new year, tornado records are already close to falling after an unusually high number of twisters touched down during intense rounds of severe weather across the country. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center estimates between 140 and 165 tornadoes touched down from the start of the...
  • Vigorous storm may produce snow, trigger severe weather in California next week January 27, 2023
    AccuWeather meteorologists say a storm will dip southward along the Pacific coast of the United States later this weekend to early next week. And while this storm may have limited moisture, it will likely cause travel disruptions as it spreads snow and triggers gusty thunderstorms, especially in Southern California. Pacific storms have been tracking inland.. […]
  • How to see a green comet that is about to zip by Earth January 26, 2023
    An ancient object that hasn’t visited the inner solar system in 50,000 years has gained the attention of stargazers across the Northern Hemisphere, and it could end up being one of the biggest celestial surprises of 2023. Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has been shining progressively brighter in recent weeks, and experts say that it is...
  • Deadly flooding leaves thousands stranded in New Zealand January 27, 2023
    A state of emergency has been declared in the New Zealand city of Auckland after record-breaking torrential rainfall resulted in the death of at least one person on Friday. More than a foot of rain poured down across the city, prompting the closure of some major highways, multiple water rescues and even the cancellation of...


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  • Risk, Originality, Commitment
    Once, when explaining—that is to say, justifying—my interest in Andrea Dworkin to a receptive acquaintance, I began by insisting on Dworkin’s literariness. It seemed a less perilous way to recuperate her in their esteem than her politics. Literariness can be curious, ahistorical, a supple cover for all kinds of quirks, under which the unseemly or […]
  • Drenched
    The February art newsletter, written while we worked on the first two issues of the year, comes to you from across the high Sierras, amid the historic rainfall and flooding in California. I flew to San Francisco when the January 19 issue was published and we began piecing the February 9 issue together. The coastal […]
  • The Lore of the Rings
    One September day in 1914, a young J.R.R. Tolkien, in his final undergraduate year at Oxford, came across an Old English advent poem called “Christ A.” Part of it reads, “Éalá Éarendel engla beorhtast/ofer middangeard monnum sended,” which he later rendered: “Hail Éarendel, brightest of angels/above the middle-earth sent unto men!” Safe in his aunt’s […]
  • Beauty and Utility
    In the Review’s December 22, 2022, issue, architecture critic Martin Filler wrote about the “undulating lines, swirling excesses, and propulsive forms” that characterized the turn-of-the-century movement Art Nouveau. Admiring its “vulgar and on occasion blatantly sexy” qualities, he argued that “this novel aesthetic caught on so completely because it presented modernism garbed in the raiment […]
  • Putin’s Miscalculation
    The most stunning geopolitical surprise of the past year is how poorly the Russian military has been fighting in Ukraine. When Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February 2022, everyone—including the US intelligence analysts who had predicted it—assumed that Volodymyr Zelensky’s government in Kyiv would fall within a few weeks or even days and be […]
  • White Fright
    Poor Big Guy. When we meet him at the start of A.M. Homes’s novel The Unfolding, his candidate for president has just lost, his alcoholic wife seems to hate him, and his sweet, doting daughter is starting to suspect he’s a jerk. It’s election night, 2008, and he’s at the bar of the Biltmore Hotel […]
  • The Other Cuba
    Upon entering “Sin Autorización” (Without Authorization), an exhibition at Columbia University’s Wallach Gallery, one encountered a large free-standing wall covered with screenshots of Facebook messages in Spanish railing against Cuban authorities, calling for more protests, and demanding freedom for political prisoners: “HAVANA IS IN THE STREET, EVERYONE HIT THE STREET”; “Today is a beautiful day […]
  • Friends: A Love Story
    Virginia Woolf famously complained that there were too few novels about women’s “relationships” with other women. Her point, which has its own chapter in A Room of One’s Own (1929), is that plots involving women have, “almost without exception,” hung on their ties to men. She imagines taking a new novel off the shelf at […]
  • Victimhood and Vengeance
    We tend to think of Christian nationalism, the political ideology based on the belief that the country’s authentic identity lies in its Christian roots and in the perpetuation of Christian privilege, as having burst upon the scene to accompany and facilitate the rise of Donald Trump. But as Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry explain in […]
  • Sonnets for the State
    William Shakespeare’s best-remembered sonnet compared someone to a summer’s day. The poet Johannes Becher, once East Germany’s minister of culture, compared the essence of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) to a sonnet. According to Philip Oltermann’s The Stasi Poetry Circle, he “believed that sonnets structurally mirrored the Marxist view of historical progress,” the materialist version […]
  • Illuminating the Brain’s ‘Utter Darkness’
    In 1918 the Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal began writing down his dreams. Some were brief—“I attend a diplomatic soiree and as I am leaving my pants fall down”; “Thieves break in. And I said to them: do not kill me, and they took out a revolver but later it turns out it was […]
  • Going to Extremes
    Over the years I’ve had conversations with friends, often artists, who tell me they much prefer Bonnard to Matisse and Braque to Picasso. For them it’s Bonnard, not Matisse, who understands the poetry of the everyday. And it’s Braque, not Picasso, who gives Cubism a lyric power. Their feeling is that Bonnard and Braque were […]
  • ‘The Sanctuary of Pure Expression’
    Between 1949 and 1953 Mina Loy was a well-known character around the Bowery, a ghostly figure in white face powder and a wine-red dressing gown, prowling the streets and poking into trash cans for detritus to squirrel away in her single room in a communal household on Stanton Street. Her poetry was out of print […]
  • Reckoning with Silence
    Dionne Brand is well represented by Nomenclature, a collection of eight volumes of her poetry accompanied by an important new work. Beginning with Primitive Offensive (1982) and ending with Ossuaries (2010), the book confirms that Brand has always been a meticulous but dynamic stylist for whom form is motivated by the desire to take “history’s […]
  • Grim Reapers
    We are eating a big hole in the middle of the Midwest and sucking up California’s ancient aquifers until the land collapses like an empty juice box. The awe that new arrivals from other countries feel when they see the bounty in a US supermarket is an illusion—more like what one might experience when stepping […]
  • Sallies
    In the afternoon four black-throated bluesTossed themselves up from the pavement at nothing.At the rain. And having made a surgeon take backHis stitches early, I lifted my phoneBeyond the shelter of my unsteady umbrellaAnd tapped at their cursive capital Gs.Suddenly I felt ashamed. You could seeI had nothing better to do. I stopped. Four in […]
  • ICE
    So the road welcomed the ice. And the ice lay down.Water the bulk of everyblood cell already. Solidarity, sister!                                                                  When spring comeswe take notice afterwinter’s long fierce sloppy drives through winter.Spring is a forgiveness,a forgetfulness. That old saw—60 percent of us soakedor drunk silly with water?                                                I mean, water!friend for life.At a phone in a public booth […]
  • Arias of Despair
    The Hours began as a novel by Michael Cunningham in 1998, then found a wider audience as a movie directed by Stephen Daldry in 2002. Now Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce have adapted it as an opera, which premiered at the Met in November to unusually high interest. Opera has been in the adaptation game […]
  • Beyond the Pale
    How the Soviet Jew Was Made by Sasha Senderovich is a scholarly work, but it also presents urgent perspectives for any post-Soviet Jewish American who has ever entertained the question What made my parents the way they are? What accounts for their dark view of the world, their elevated sense of humor and irony, and, […]
  • On John Edgar Wideman
    To the Editors: In “A Dream of a Great Burning” [NYR, December 22, 2022], Tobi Haslett’s long look at the writing career of John Edgar Wideman, there is much to value. From the jump, Haslett frames Wideman true: “a black intellectual—full of grandeur and agony, rage and poise.” Yet in some fundamental way Haslett misses […]
  • Duck, Duck, Goosefish
    To the Editors: Rebecca Giggs, in her delightful review of Sandra Steingraber’s The Sea Trilogy, a new edition of Rachel Carson’s beloved books [NYR, December 22, 2022], has reminded me of an old friend, Lophius. A marine inhabitant of the US East Coast, from where Carson drew her inspiration, Lophius is Lophius americanus (its Latin […]
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind
    It was Christmas week, New York City was facing off against a dangerous winter storm, and the mayor was nowhere to be found. The fact that this sentence could have been written in 2010 for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as it is being written about Mayor Eric Adams at the start of 2023 points to a […]
  • Misreading the Cues
    One night, while searching in the woods for food, Frankenstein’s monster discovers a leather suitcase containing three books: The Sorrows of Young Werther, Plutarch’s Lives, and Paradise Lost. Goethe is a source of “astonishment” but also alienation; the monster can sympathize with the characters, but only to a point—their lives are so unlike his own. […]
  • The Grassroots of ‘Roe’
    A few days before Thanksgiving in 1968 my mother, Beatrice Kornbluh, a labor lawyer and member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), took time away from her job and three daughters to address her newly elected representative to the New York State Assembly, Franz Leichter. “Dear Franz,” she wrote, “Enclosed is an abortion repeal […]
  • Man About the House
    Democrats could be forgiven for experiencing some schadenfreude during Kevin McCarthy’s chaotic, protracted election as Speaker of the House, but in an essay from the January 19, 2023, issue of the Review, Alexander Burns argues that relying on Republican dysfunction is not a sound electoral strategy, especially when the structure of the Senate so strongly […]
  • A New Flame for Black Fire
    I got a real break in 1963. I’d been living in New York for a year and had just moved from a rooming house on St. Mark’s Place to an apartment on East Sixth Street, across from Tompkins Square Park. I paid eight dollars a week at the rooming house and sixty a month for […]
  • Behind the Mask
    Butterflies recur in Meret Oppenheim’s art: the many-eyed face at the top of her 1969 assemblage of painted canvas and carved wood, Hm-hm, its “nose” a shaped piece of bark; the tiny wings flitting at the edge of her ink and gouache drawing, Self-Portrait and Curriculum Vitae since the Year 60,000 BC (1966), the cross-section […]
  • Reconstructing Ukraine
    It is not well understood how heavily the shadow of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia hangs over Ukraine. Vladimir Putin and his allies frequently cite the case of Kosovo, which was once Serbia’s southern province and declared independence in 2008, as a precedent for Russia’s recognition—and subsequent annexation—of Crimea in 2014 and parts of eastern […]
  • A Great Variety of Selves
    Late one night toward the end of September 1927, wavering between consciousness and sleep, Virginia Woolf came up with an idea for a book: to sketch, “like a grand historical picture, the outlines of all my friends.” The next morning, she recorded the thought in her diary. “It might be a most amusing book. The […]
  • ‘A Trusted Guide’
    In “When Diversity Matters,” from the Review’s January 19 issue, Sherrilyn Ifill analyzes the affirmative action cases before the Supreme Court this term—Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College—and the distinct place of oral arguments, as opposed to written briefs, in […]
  • ‘Endless Organic Growth’
    The face is a mask, vaguely leonine, narrowing from its enormous eyes to a snout of flared nostrils and a small mouth, twisted into what might be a grimace or a grin. The contours of the nose branch up into a network of wrinkles around the eyes, then extend out into fiddlehead ferns sprouting from […]
  • Mysterious Displays of Will
    Nadine Hwang led a dauntless life. What she did over the course of the twentieth century makes her sound like a superheroic projection from the twenty-first: a queer, Chinese fighter pilot and lawyer with a sword-dancing act who spoke at least four languages and survived a concentration camp, then ran away to Venezuela with the […]
  • Making the Senate Work for Democrats
    In December 2008, as he prepared to assume the presidency, Barack Obama shared a provocative observation with Nancy Pelosi about the American system of government. The United States Senate, Obama told her, had in some ways “outlived its purpose.” In Obama’s reckoning, the Senate had altogether too much clout and too often served to diminish […]
  • Feinting Spells
    In 1936 Alfred Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art, drew a flowchart of recent art developments to accompany “Cubism and Abstract Art,” one of the museum’s defining exhibitions. Printed on the catalog cover and styled with the look of empirical rigor, the diagram outlines a complex and seemingly inexorable momentum from figuration, at […]
  • Alphabet Politics
    Last summer a group of scholars announced that they had cracked Linear Elamite, a Bronze Age script used in the trading cities of Elam in the highlands of southern Iran, through which Central Asian tin, a crucial ingredient in bronze, was transported north to the Mesopotamian kingdoms of Babylon and Assyria.1 First identified by archaeologists […]
  • The Encyclopedia of the Dance
    In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagined “what would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderfully gifted sister.” She concluded that any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half […]
  • Dress Rehearsal
    To understand the attempted coup that culminated in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, it is useful to go back to Donald Trump’s immediate response to the election he actually won, in 2016. The head of his transition team, Chris Christie, then governor of New Jersey, presented Trump with a detailed plan […]
  • Flakes
    In March 2021, as the New York winter refused to quit and tiny husks spread across my skin, plastering first my elbows, then my upper arms, underarms, eyebrows, eyelids, nostrils, and shins, I booked a room at a cheap hotel in Nassau for a week. I was in the Bahamas nominally to renew my US […]
  • Kilowatt Hour
    I didn’t pin it as grief at first, the feelingof imagining placing myselfin the path of that truck, but of courseit was grief, grief for myselfin the future—not being arounddown the road to feel it, I had to startfeeling it now, I had to make sure I would not leave the world with my feelingsunfinished, […]
  • Luminaria
    for Grace Schulman Once you gave them to the children:          those stems of pallid moons from your seaside garden, and they stood there exultant          with their chandeliers of Hosts turning this way and that, their elbows and knees stiff          like moments in a dance, moving to the shuffle of tiny drumheads in an orchestra          of […]
  • Fear and Oil in Uganda
    In 2018 Jealousy Mugisha drew up a list of ten goals for his family over the next ten years. He wanted to rear goats and pigs on his farm in Uganda’s Buliisa district, a rural region bordering Lake Albert. He hoped to send his children to a good school. At the same time plans for […]
  • Ukraine’s Volunteers
    It was dark and getting colder. The four-wheel drive was slipping and straining as we tried to yank the van out of a muddy field. We had already lightened it by unloading hundreds of loaves of bread, detergent, toilet paper, tampons, soap, and a generator, when suddenly we heard a low roar approaching. Then, over […]
  • Living Outside of Time
    Having won the Solzhenitsyn Prize, the Big Book prize, and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, as well as having been short-listed for the National Bestseller Prize and the Russian Booker Prize, Eugene Vodolazkin has emerged in the eyes of many as the most important living Russian writer. A literary scholar as well as a novelist—or, […]
  • The Faces of Victor Serge
    “Yesterday, the gigantic rocks of Montserrat glowing red in the distance…”; “four days ago, I was looking at the great glow outspread in the night sky over Berlin…”; “the vast deserted square, bathed in a strange, extremely pale blue dawn glow…”; “a great red glow from the tumultuous squares…”; “the Popo puts me in mind […]
  • Remainders
    In the introduction to her now classic Pleasure of Ruins (1953), the British writer Rose Macaulay conceives multiple reasons for the complex pleasure we take in decay, from the imaginary reconstruction of a ruin to the “masochistic joy” in common destruction. Nearly seventy years later the American literary critic Susan Stewart, in The Ruins Lesson, […]
  • Carlotta’s Brooklyn
    The title of James Hannaham’s new novel is at once a potential deterrent to fainthearted readers and a bold declaration of its author’s unwavering fidelity to his heroine’s forceful voice, her highly energized inner life. If Carlotta Mercedes—a Black and Colombian trans woman—could turn her personal history into “a Lifetime TV miniseries event,” Didn’t Nobody […]
  • The Instrumentalist
    During the first ten minutes of Tár, it is possible to feel that the critic Adam Gopnik is a better actor than Cate Blanchett. They sit together on a New Yorker Festival stage. Gopnik, playing himself, is a relaxed and fluid interviewer. His interviewee, the (fictional) conductor Lydia Tár, is stiff and self-conscious—actorly, even. As […]

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  • 'Is This Armageddon?'
    The demographic cliff is nearing. Adjuncts like me are the first to suffer.By Angela B. Fulk Joan Wong for the Chronicle // for full bleed half split - figure's parent container shouldn't calc max-height // and should be set to 100% instead - querySelector === baseClassName let parent = document.querySelector('figure.FullBleedFigureHalfSplit').parentElement = "100%" The demographic cliff is nearing. Adjuncts like me are the first to suffer.