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  • ‘The Lost Daughter,’ ‘The Hand of God’ Bookend Venice Film Festival’s London Showcase – Global Bulletin October 22, 2021
    FESTIVAL The Italian Cultural Institute in London, La Biennale di Venezia and Curzon have teamed for ‘From Venice to London,’ a season where seven films from Venezia 78 will be shown at Curzon cinemas across London from Nov. 18-22. “The Lost Daughter,” directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal will open the season and “The Hand of God,” […]
    Naman Ramachandran
  • Iann Dior, Alessia Cara, G-Eazy Lead ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’ Soundtrack (EXCLUSIVE) October 22, 2021
    Iann Dior, 070 Shake, Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, Tori Kelly, Alesso & Danna Paola, A7S, Kiana Lede, X Ambassadors and more are featured on the soundtrack to ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus,’ which drops Nov. 5 on ASG/10:22PM/Def Jam Recordings. The full tracklist appears below. The soundtrack arrives in advance of “Blade Runner: Black Lotus,” the new […] […]
    Jem Aswad
  • Piers Morgan Quits ITV’s ‘Life Stories’ After 12 Years, Teases New Show October 22, 2021
    Controversial media personality Piers Morgan has quit U.K. broadcaster ITV’s “Life Stories” after 12 years. The show featured interviews with well-known celebrities, “BREAKING NEWS: I’m quitting Life Stories after 12 years and 100 shows. My final one will be with ⁦my fabulous friend @kategarraway and she will then present the remaining 3 planned shows of […] […]
    Naman Ramachandran
  • Oscars Race: ‘The Stranger’ Selected by Palestine as International Feature Candidate, Intramovies Takes Sales (EXCLUSIVE) October 22, 2021
    “The Stranger,” a first feature by writer/director Ameer Fakher Eldin about a doctor going through an existential crisis in the occupied Golan Heights, has been selected as Palestine’s official entry in the International Feature Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards. Italy’s Intramovies has announced taking world rights to the pic shot on location whi […]
    Rebecca Davis
  • Dismay and Anger After Halyna Hutchins’ Death on the Set of Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ October 22, 2021
    The film industry is shocked, dismayed and angry following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Thursday. She was killed while filming “Rust” when one of the movie’s actors, Alec Baldwin, discharged a prop gun on set. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident and required hospitalization. Frances Fisher, who stars in the […] […]
    K.J. Yossman
  • Spain’s Benito Zambrano Delivers a Second-Chance Drama of Sisterly Love in ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’ October 22, 2021
    Based on the same-titled Spanish best-selling novel, Benito Zambrano’s ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’ weighs in as a heartwarming second chance in life tale from the Goya and San Sebastian winning writer-director (“The Sleeping Voice”). Telling the tale of two unfulfilled sisters who create a new life together running a bakery in Majorca, it weighs […] […]
    John Hopewell
  • Seven Women Directors Team for ‘7 of Hearts’ Anthology in Spain (EXCLUSIVE) October 22, 2021
    Spanish director and screenplay writer Mireia Noguera is one of seven female directors teaming up for Barcelona-based production house Corte A Films on the anthology “7 of Hearts.” Corte A Films is in the financing phase of the film, which is the second project by Esteve Rovira and Gerard Quinto, who directed “7 Reasons to […]
    John Hopewell
  • Malaga Doc Winner Mo Scarpelli Jumps Into Fiction with Dispàrte on ‘A Song That Slays’ (EXCLUSIVE) October 22, 2021
    After having won the Silver Biznaga for best documentary director at this June’s Malaga Festival with “El Father Plays Himself,” which screens now at the Spanish Screenings, director-cinematographer Mo Scarpelli is leaping into fiction with her new project, “A Song That Slays.” Following a number of eye-catching doc titles that have always generated festival […]
    John Hopewell
  • Bikini Films Boards ‘Karnawal’ Director Juan Pablo Felix’s Next Pic, ‘Ofelia’ (EXCLUSIVE) October 22, 2021
    Buenos Aires-based Bikini Films, led by Edson Sidonie, has boarded “Ofelia,” the sophomore pic of Juan Pablo Felix whose acclaimed feature debut “Karnawal” won best direction at last year’s Guadalajara fest and best Ibero-American film at the Malaga Film Festival in June. France’s Luz Verde has also come on board as a producer. “Ofelia” has been selected […] […]
    John Hopewell
  • Minderoo Pictures Launched by Australian Philanthropic Organization October 22, 2021
    Minderoo Pictures, which pitches itself as “a social impact film enterprise” is being launched by the Minderoo Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the Asia-Pacific. The new company starts life with a commitment of A$10 million ($7.7 million) from the foundation and a mission to develop, produce and assist in the release of […] […]
    Patrick Frater

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  • Severe weather outbreak could erupt in Central US October 22, 2021
    Warmer air flowing back into the central United States will help set the table for a potential severe weather outbreak this weekend, AccuWeather forecasters say. Forecasters say the first risk of severe weather may develop as early as Saturday night as an area of low pressure begins to develop in western Kansas. This storm system...
  • Harrowing rescues, dozens killed as flooding rocks India October 20, 2021
    Days of torrential rain across northern India and western Nepal produced widespread flooding that has claimed over 100 lives, triggered landslides and left many others stranded or missing. As of Friday, at least 100 people have died in Nepal as a result of the ongoing flooding. Dozens more remain unaccounted for, according to the Associated...
  • AccuWeather's 2021-2022 Europe winter forecast October 20, 2021
    Meteorological autumn has only just reached its halfway point, but AccuWeather meteorologists are already looking ahead to what the winter will usher in weather-wise, and this week, they released their annual winter forecast for Europe. Meteorological winter begins on Dec. 1, and astronomical winter will get underway on Dec. 21. Even with winter officially a […]
  • 'Best-preserved' artifact of its kind unearthed from melting ice October 22, 2021
    After years of global warming taking a toll on the glacial ice in Norway, a team of researchers has unearthed the final piece of a rare discovery in Norway that was originally made in 2014 — a 1,300-year-old ski that matches with one previously found, making a complete set. The wooden skis were uncovered by...
  • Storm Aurore blasts western Europe with flooding rain, damaging winds October 21, 2021
    A powerful storm pummeled northwest Europe Wednesday into Thursday with hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rain. The storm, named Aurore by Meteo France, swamped parts of the United Kingdom, forced the closure of the Thames Barrier in London and broke wind records across northern France. France’s Normandy Coast was one of the hardest-hit areas, as...
  • Trio of storms to parade through West Coast, shut down wildfire season October 21, 2021
    A powerful bomb cyclone developed over the northern Pacific Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The massive storm will be the catalyst that ushers in storm after storm to the West Coast through next Tuesday, unleashing nearly 2 feet of rain in some areas and up to several feet of snow over the mountains. Even though...
  • Another chilly, even frosty, weekend on tap for Northeast October 20, 2021
    Unseasonable warmth has been the norm across the Northeast so far this autumn, a trend that continued this week. However, AccuWeather meteorologists say, progressively colder conditions will settle over the region for the second weekend in a row. Not only will the coldest air of the season arrive, but the first frost for many areas is likely, and even some.. […]
  • Relief? Worry? Jubilation? Western US residents react to the incoming bomb cyclone October 21, 2021
    Monstrous, beastly and… just what people have been waiting for. As a gigantic bomb cyclone was gearing up to unload astounding precipitation totals on the western United States, forecasters described the weather system as potentially one of the biggest storms of the year. Really, it’s a parade of three storms set in motion by a...
  • Street artist employs unusual medium to send a critical message October 21, 2021
    For many people, the issues surrounding climate change can be overwhelming, confusing and depressing — especially when they are presented in alarming news headlines or complicated statistics. A Brazilian artist is hoping to change that and reach a more receptive audience with a towering new mural created using the ashes of Amazon rainforest trees that...
  • 8 feet of snow? Storm train could deal deathblow to wildfire season October 19, 2021
    A beast of a bomb cyclone will take shape just off the coast of the northwestern United States and western Canada later this week, and AccuWeather forecasters say it will rival, in some aspects, the intensity of strong hurricanes from the Atlantic this season. The powerful storm will bring dangerous and damaging impacts up and down the West Coast, but... […]

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  • The Story the Media Missed in Afghanistan
    Since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American press has focused on the fates of three groups that are of special interest to Western readers. One is the many thousands of Afghans who had worked with the US government and military or other Western organizations and were desperate to leave. In addition to dramatic reports […]
  • Ireland’s Coming of Age and Mine
    On a Sunday in the summer of 1970, we were all herded up to the little church in Cúil Aodha for Mass. We were city kids sent to this small and remote village in County Cork to learn Irish from the native speakers. Their little chapel was gray, pebble-dashed, with no steeple, more like a […]
  • Sisi’s New Cairo: Pharaonic Ambition in Ferro-Concrete
    I have the sense, on many days, that my city is at war with itself. Not in the visibly armed meaning of battle, but an insidious crusade of ideology and will. Such is President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s plan to make over Egypt’s capital, a neo-pharaonic campaign so ludicrous it would be dismissible if it didn’t […]
  • In His Father’s Footsteps
    On October 1, 2021, we published Raja Shehadeh’s essay “The Nakba, Father’s Papers, and Jaffa Revisited.” Expanded from an address the Palestinian lawyer and writer recently gave at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, it touched on many of the themes and preoccupations that have animated Shehadeh’s books—among them, Strangers in the House (2001), Palestinian Walks […]
  • The Future Is Electric
    If you’re looking for faint gray linings to a very dark cloud, there is, I suppose, one slight benefit of humanity’s three-decade delay in dealing with climate change: we get to see the dimensions of the problem quite starkly because it looms so large. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with its Sixth Assessment […]
  • ‘I Work and I Remember’
    Lawrence Joseph is a lawyer-poet (since 2003 a law professor at St. John’s University), a Catholic poet, a metropolitan-and-other-hyphenates poet. He was born in Detroit in 1948, his grandparents Lebanese and Syrian Catholics who arrived in the first wave of Arab immigration to the city, his Detroit-born father inheriting the family grocery store but having […]
  • ‘This Obstinate Little Man’
    “A tiny, thick-set little man with white hair—a Pickwickian cherub.” This was Richard Crossman’s first impression in 1946 of David Ben-Gurion. As head of the Jewish Agency, the executive branch of the Zionist Organization, Ben-Gurion appeared before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry assessing the situation in Palestine after World War II. Crossman, a member of […]
  • The Double Bookkeeper
    “The trouble with the police force,” said Arthur Gerard, the private eye in Strangers on a Train, “is that it has a single-track mind. This case, like many others, took a double-track mind. Simply couldn’t have been solved without a double-track mind.” Writing, for Patricia Highsmith, also took a double-track mind, and she accordingly kept […]
  • Rousseau & Slavery
    To the Editors: In his review of Tyler Stovall’s White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea [NYR, September 23], David A. Bell wrongly states that “Jean-Jacques Rousseau did not mention European colonies in his abstract condemnation of slavery in The Social Contract.” In fact, when Rousseau proposed that a healthy population and birth rate […]
  • Claw & Order
    Every fall in the state of Maryland, where I live, hunters bearing rifles, shotguns, handguns, longbows, crossbows, and other sanctioned culling devices kill about 80,000 white-tailed deer. That “harvest” puts a significant dent in the average statewide deer population of 200,000-plus, but because a doe generally gives birth to twins or even triplets each year, […]
  • Colors in Conversation
    In our all-or-nothing culture, creative work is too often either apotheosized or ignored. You’re a rock star or you’re nothing. The public has little appetite for nuance. This makes it difficult to write about the achievement of Joan Mitchell, who was born in 1925, grew up in an affluent and literary Chicago household, and was […]
  • Let the Decision Stand
    Almost thirty years ago, in 1992, the Supreme Court appeared poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, its 1973 decision declaring that women have a constitutional right to have an abortion. Since 1985 the Reagan administration had been urging the Court to reverse Roe, and the George H.W. Bush administration had continued the campaign. Reagan had […]
  • For the Growers and the Grocers
    On my walk around the reservoir I was thinking, it won’t get any easier, but the ease in my body as I thought this thought, on the first day of the last month of a long, constricted year,      breathing the sweet spice of the dead wet leaves, and grasses, some standing, some matted in a […]
  • Portrait of the Robot as a Young Woman
    Kazuo Ishiguro was a social worker before he was a novelist. Between 1979 and 1982, he worked at West London Cyrenians, a charity that provided support and accommodations to the homeless. While there he applied, rather on a whim, to a new creative writing program at the University of East Anglia. Upon graduating a year […]
  • Out of Savannastan
    In 1863 the biologist T.H. Huxley proposed an African origin for humanity. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog” for his ferocious defense of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, he had been struck by the distribution in Africa of our nearest living relatives, the common chimpanzee and the gorilla. (The latter had first been described by Europeans just sixteen years […]
  • The Wages of Virtue
    About two thirds of the way through Pride and Prejudice, just as Elizabeth Bennet has begun to conquer her bias against the arrogant Mr. Darcy, and even to like him rather a lot, disaster strikes. A letter from her sister Jane informs Elizabeth of their foolish sister Lydia’s ruin. She has run off with the […]
  • At the Rustic Hamlet Built in 1783 for Marie Antoinette, Last Queen of France
                No tourists.Water turning a mill wheel,            serving nothing but artifice.             I am a servantto order and erotic love.            Soon to be             yours.You take a picture            of me by a trellis,             both of us failingat the vernacular style.            In the Temple of the God             of Love, a nakedboy clutches an arrow.            Once, in the manicured             pasture, they reclinedholding shepherds’ crooks,            noble women […]
  • Chinese Medicine in the Covid Wards
    In mid-February 2020, during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak in China, Liu Lihong, a slight man with a wispy beard, made his way into Hankou Hospital No. 8 in Wuhan. Dressed in an all-white infectious disease suit, the only equipment he carried was a small box of acupuncture needles. Liu is the author of […]
  • Egypt: Lost Possibilities
    I intended this essay, successively, to coincide with various recent events: the death of a president, the launch of a book, the anniversary of a revolution. That I failed to deliver on each of those occasions was the result of something of a blind spot: it was impossible, then as now, to write about Egypt […]
  • Writing the Other America
    At one point in Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel My Name Is Lucy Barton, the narrator, a successful writer living in Manhattan, recalls the time she was introduced at her wedding reception by her elegant mother-in-law, Catherine. Speaking to one of the guests, Catherine said, “This is Lucy. Lucy comes from nothing.” It was true, if […]
  • A Halo of Nostalgia
    In December 1905 Richard Strauss’s opera Salome—blasphemous and obscene in its libretto, fiercely dissonant in its music—had its scandalous premiere in Dresden, and Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) was first performed in Vienna. Salome offered the shock of the modern in biblical dress (and undress)—it was banned from the Metropolitan Opera […]
  • ‘Magic Sayings by the Thousands’
    “Among Finnish peoples,” I read with close attention at age eleven in the impressively weighty Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, magic made its influence felt throughout all aspects of material and intellectual life…. Their popular poetry remains thoroughly impregnated with the spirit of Shamanistic magic. The Kalevala is thus in the first place a magic poem. […]
  • Not to Be
    In the middle of a gusty October three years ago, The New York Times published an obituary under the headline “Sue Hubbell, Who Wrote of Bees and Self-Reliance, Dies at 83.” The story is charming and noble in equal measure, the account of a woman who started over in the middle of her life after […]
  • Not So Great Britain
    In a single stroke, the new security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States offended France, disrespected the European Union, raised nonproliferation concerns, and painted a target on Australia’s back for China. For Britain, though, it offered to reinforce its tenuous “special relationship” with the US, helping it to piggyback on America’s […]
  • Unknown Sources of Lift
    In the last few years The New York Review has published Ben Lerner in almost all his modes: poetry, a prose that hovers between poetry and fiction, and criticism. He is best known as a novelist—The Topeka School, his latest, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize last year, and his first two novels came […]
  • Coltrane’s New ‘Love Supreme’
    At a press conference in Tokyo in July 1966, a Japanese jazz critic asked John Coltrane what he would like to be in ten years. “I would like to be a saint,” he replied. Coltrane, who died the following July of liver cancer, at forty, reportedly laughed when he said this; but among his followers, […]
  • A Canon for the American Prisoner
    In 2001, Reginald Dwayne Betts was about five years into a nine-year sentence in a Virginia prison for a carjacking he’d committed at age sixteen. That was the year that I shot and killed a man on a Brooklyn street, when I was twenty-four years old. I am now twenty years into a sentence of […]
  • Calling Grandma
    When I was seven, Syd was my best friend. Hers was the first number I memorized when I learned to use a telephone. She would answer, a little curious and with a Brooklyn air of “Who the hell is this?”, which gingered up as soon as she heard me say “Hi, Grandma.” I’d call every […]
  • Human Diagnostics
    In the September 23, 2021, issue of the magazine, Gavin Francis considers three books about the ways we’re in thrall to digital technologies, and how they’re affecting our mental health. In his review, Francis writes that during the pandemic, our devices have been “both boon and curse, strengthening opportunities to connect even as they can […]
  • The Nakba, Father’s Papers, and Jaffa Revisited
    This summer, I walked the lovely stretch of seaside along the coast road south from Tel Aviv to Jaffa. The ancient port city came into view for me on the hill ahead. In Arabic, we call it the bride of the sea. I remembered how my mother enjoyed smoking a cigarette only when sitting in […]
  • What Does the Microbiome Do?
    We live life with companions. Some, like parents, are present from our moment of birth; others are met at school or work and become friends or spouses. These companions influence our behavior and emotions, and so contribute to our physical and mental health. But as Alessio Fasano and Susie Flaherty show in Gut Feelings, we […]
  • Nature’s Evolving Tastes
    “The wholesale murders going [on] now in Paris are heartrending.” Charles Darwin received this news in a letter from the paleontologist Vladimir Kovalevsky, dated May 28, 1871, the final day of a week known since as the Semaine sanglante. Two months earlier, socialist revolutionaries in the French National Guard had seized the capital and declared […]
  • ‘All One’s Capacities’
    In 1994, shortly after her husband’s death, the Australian-born novelist Shirley Hazzard was quoted in The New York Times as saying that their three-decade marriage had really been a ménage à trois. For anyone who’d been paying attention, this can hardly have come as a surprise. The three principals are all represented in the jacket […]
  • Wits’ End
    English Men of Letters, launched in 1878 by Macmillan, was a series of popular biographies of the greatest names in English literature. Its volumes—the lives of Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth—were fixtures of the Victorian classroom and public library, delivering verdicts about writers’ achievements and personalities that shaped the imaginations of a generation of readers. Leslie […]
  • Anything Can Happen
    I don’t think I understand what Don Quixote is about, and I don’t think anybody knows what Don Quixote is about. —Keith Dewhurst, author of the play Don Quixote (1982) Miguel de Cervantes concluded The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha in 1605 with a phrase in Italian from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso: “Forse altro […]
  • ‘The Lucky Ones’
    My maternal grandparents were people who had suffered. Even in my earliest memories, their faces are deeply lined, their hair sparse. My grandfather, a tall man, was perpetually stooped, his chest sunken; my grandmother’s knuckles were swollen with arthritis. Each wore a full set of dentures. Their expressions brightened when they looked at me, their […]
  • Are the Kids All Right?
    In 1972, when Jonathan Franzen was thirteen, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported that parents in his town were worried: high school kids in Webster Groves were spending too much time at church. The reason was Fellowship, a rapidly growing Christian youth group, and its edgy leader, Bob Mutton—a youth pastor with a “tormented Jesus” look […]
  • What Is the N.E.D.’s Mission?
    To the Editors: We were very surprised to read the inaccurate and misleading description of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in “Ortega in His Labyrinth” by Stephen Kinzer [NYR, September 23]. NED is an independent and bipartisan grant-making organization that has worked since 1984 to strengthen democratic processes around the world by providing support […]
  • The Storyteller
    He told friends his first novel had been accepted for publication when it hadn’t; he said he was “at home” in Vienna before he’d ever gone there; he claimed, falsely, to have directed a play by Harold Pinter during his student days at Freiburg; he said he was a photojournalist for an American magazine, which […]
  • Country House Equality
    To the Editors: Bursting with superiority, Linda Colley regretfully concedes that “images of dead aristocrats and their gilded houses and collections can still possess an appeal” [“How British Is It?,” NYR, September 23]. I was forcefully reminded of a visit I made some years ago with an American feminist friend to Knole House in Kent, […]
  • They Ask Me
    why the newflawless birdswired to perfectionwhose beauty song flight lifthover settle youcannot tell fromthose not coming back are not thesame, whosefeathertips shineas if in the old sunlight, whosespeckled wingsmottle further withperfect shadow-speckle, whose necks havethe sweet up/downjerk of worry, whosethroat is made to throb so slightlyas was the casewhen song wasexpelled why do they not […]
  • Carousel
    All you have been and allyou have experienced has happened to me.I travel from my future to your past to losemy origins. What’s the beginning?Where? There was a loophole, and I was the camelthat went through. One hump or two?The answers to my questions are beyond mebut I only ask questions with answers I can […]
  • The More Fraught the Better
    What is the nature of the relationship between music and words, whether in opera, song, or any other art form that brings them together? Are they lovers, business partners, rival siblings, mortal enemies? Does one matter more than the other, and if one dominates, is the other thereby weakened or undermined? Opera’s oldest adage on […]
  • ‘Who Designs Your Race?’
    In 1925 the Mexican philosopher, writer, and former education minister José Vasconcelos published an essay that was as consequential as it was absurd. “La raza cósmica” (“The Cosmic Race”) was an esoteric meditation on the future of civilization, which helped shape the way race is viewed in Latin America to this day. Its premise is […]
  • The CCP’s Culture of Fear
    Roughly two thousand years ago, the arrival in China of Buddhism from India brought major changes not only to China’s belief systems but to many aspects of its daily life. Buddhism’s approach on the whole was gentle, and indigenous Chinese versions of it eventually flourished. Zen was a Chinese invention. Then, beginning about two hundred […]
  • Hollywood’s Master Builder
    Revisions of the modern architectural canon have been going on for almost as long as modern architecture itself. But our perceptions of what constitutes excellence in the building art and who should get credit for it have shifted considerably of late. Beginning in the 1970s there was a move away from the standard definition of […]
  • In the Fire
    The Egyptian writer, doctor, and agitator Nawal El Saadawi passed away in Cairo on March 21, 2021, at the age of eighty-nine. Despite decades of threats, lawsuits, censorship, and disregard, she had never been able to leave permanently a city that was, she wrote, the nightmare of being hunted down, besieged, imprisoned, the pulsations of […]
  • The Human Costs of AI
    In 2015 a cohort of well-known scientists and entrepreneurs including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak issued a public letter urging technologists developing artificial intelligence systems to “research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.” To that end, they wrote, “We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems […]
  • A Mind in Pain
    The Irish writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is now best known for two works: the Gothic novel Uncle Silas and Carmilla, the first great tale of a female vampire. Of his other writings, the one most often encountered is an 1871 story called “Green Tea.” Like several other Le Fanu stories, it is taken from […]
  • A Poet’s-Eye View
    Bong Joon Ho’s film Parasite (2019) unfolds in two of the most memorable domestic spaces in recent cinema: the Kim family’s squalid apartment, on a Seoul street prone to fumigation and floods, and the tech entrepreneur Nathan Park’s sleek modernist mansion, which the grifting Kims infiltrate. In a delirious twist halfway through the movie, Bong […]
  • Napoleon’s Greatest Trophy
    In the spring and summer of 2021 the Metropolitan Museum in New York and several museums in Europe confirmed that they will send back to Nigeria some of the many bronzes looted by British forces from Benin City in 1897. Museums and official bodies in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and France are now taking […]
  • Another Immigration Purgatory for Children
    Victoria was seventeen when, in 2014, she made the journey alone to the US: escaping gangs in her native El Salvador, crossing the Rio Grande on foot, and being placed in immigration detention in Texas. She endured more than a month there and another in an immigration shelter where she learned a bit of English, […]
  • Emissary from a Watery Future
    In the October 7, 2021, issue of The New York Review, Nathaniel Rich reviews They Called Us River Rats, Macon Fry’s account of life in the batture, a colony of houses on stilts abutting the Mississippi River, on the far side of New Orleans’s levees. A longtime resident of the Big Easy himself, Rich writes […]
  • The New Abortion Vigilantism
    Recently the US Supreme Court temporarily let stand Texas’s antiabortion law, SB 8, which rewards any person a minimum of $10,000 for suing abortion providers or those who aid or abet the performance of an abortion after roughly the sixth week of pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. The first bounty-seeker, a felon […]

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  • Ending Legacy Admissions Won't End Inequity
    Getting rid of them would do almost nothing to improve socioeconomic diversity.By Catharine B. Hill Getting rid of them would do almost nothing to improve socioeconomic diversity.
  • The Prophet of Academic Doom
    Robert Nisbet predicted the managerialism that has brought universities low. But he also saw a way out.By Ethan Schrum Robert Nisbet predicted the managerialism that has brought universities low. But he also saw a way out.
  • Yale Law's Bullying, Coercive Diversity Leaders
    How not to do equity work. By Andrew Koppelman How not to do equity work.
  • Why I Quit
    My university’s choices undermined the very lessons I was trained to teach.By Cornelia Lambert My university’s choices undermined the very lessons I was trained to teach.
  • The Way We Classify Colleges Is All Wrong
    It's time to do away with obsolete categories like 'R1.'By Michael M. Crow and Jeffrey J. Selingo It's time to do away with obsolete categories like "R1."
  • Abolish Legacy Admissions Now
    Hereditary advantage has no place in higher ed.By Ronald J. Daniels Hereditary advantage has no place in higher ed.
  • The Future of Community Colleges
    How an oft-neglected sector can make itself essential in a post-pandemic world.By Liz McMillen How an oft-neglected sector can make itself essential in a post-pandemic world.
  • Indoctrination Sessions Have No Place in the Academy
    For educators, nothing is self evident; for "trainers," everything is.By Elizabeth Corey and Jeffrey Polet For educators, nothing is self evident; for "trainers," everything is.
  • What Critics of Economics Get Wrong
    Bashing the field is commonplace — but few are doing it for the right reasons.By Diane Coyle Bashing the field is commonplace, but few are doing it for the right reasons.
  • In Defense of Disinterested Knowledge
    When we judge scholarship only as politics, something crucial is lost.By Justin Sider When we judge scholarship only as politics, something crucial is lost.