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  • Hollywood & Highland to Remove Elephant Statues Commemorating Racist Legacy of D.W. Griffith August 1, 2021
    The white fiberglass elephant statues at the Hollywood & Highland shopping center are being removed in a rejection of filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s racist legacy. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new owners of the famous center where the Academy Awards are typically held are removing the elephant statues and “all of the faux Mesopotamian […] […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • In ‘Stillwater,’ Matt Damon Finds the Humanity in a Trumper. Would You Expect Anything Less From Matt Damon? (Column) August 1, 2021
    As an actor, Matt Damon has always had two sides: the light and the dark, the noble and the furtive, the boyishly winning and the ominously coldhearted. Early in his career, when he was that cute kid with the shiny hair and the big grin, he played characters who had a troubled layer or two, […]
    Owen Gleiberman
  • Jay Pickett, ‘Port Charles’ and ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 60 August 1, 2021
    Jay Pickett, an actor and producer known for his roles on “Port Charles” and “General Hospital,” died Friday on the set of his upcoming film, Pickett’s agent confirmed to Variety. He was 60. The official Facebook page of “Treasure Valley” — in which Pickett starred and served as a producer and writer — announced Pickett’s death on […] […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Philipp Yuryev’s ‘The Whaler Boy’ Wins Top Prize at Transilvania Film Festival August 1, 2021
    Philipp Yuryev’s “The Whaler Boy,” which took home the Venice Days award at last year’s Venice Film Festival, won the top prize at the Transilvania Film Festival on Saturday. The jury praised the Russian director’s feature debut, an offbeat story of a teenage whale hunter on the Bering Strait who sets out to meet a […]
  • ‘Jungle Cruise’ Docks With $34 Million in Theaters, $30 Million on Disney Plus August 1, 2021
    “Jungle Cruise” completed its first voyage with $34.2 million in theatrical ticket sales and another $30 million on Disney Plus, leading the competition in North America. The Disney film, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, debuted slightly ahead of expectations despite concerns the Delta variant would keep family crowds at home. At the international bo […]
    Rebecca Rubin
  • Transilvania Film Fest Launches Drama Room to Bolster Region’s Growing TV Biz August 1, 2021
    As it celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival looked to keep pace with the rapidly evolving – and colliding – worlds of film and television with the launch of a new sidebar and industry strand dedicated to high-end TV series. For the first time TIFF unspooled a sidebar featuring eight […]
  • DaBaby Dropped From Lollapalooza Lineup Following Homophobic Comments August 1, 2021
    DaBaby is no longer performing at Lollapalooza. Following the rapper’s homophobic remarks at Rolling Loud on July 25, the Chicago festival has removed DaBaby from their Sunday lineup. A statement tweeted from Lollapalooza’s official Twitter account reads: “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity inclusivity, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Star Trek Captain Alex Kurtzman Extends TV Pact With CBS Studios to 2026 August 1, 2021
    Alex Kurtzman, the prolific producer who pilots the Star Trek franchise for CBS Studios and Paramount Plus, has extended his exclusive overall TV deal with the ViacomCBS units through 2026. Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner will expand under the new agreement to add an executive to help manage its growing slate of series. Longtime Kurtzman partner […] […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • As MTV Turns 40, It’s Time to Embrace the Generation That Grew Up With It (Column) August 1, 2021
    MTV turns 40 on Sunday, and it hardly looks its age. Well, that’s because it hardly looks like, well, anything anymore. At least that’s the depressing state of the linear MTV channel, which in recent years has become 95% reruns of “Ridiculousness,” along with a handful of runs of 20-year-old movies (“Joe Dirt”) and limited […]
  • Clarence McDonald, Keyboard Player and Producer for James Taylor, the Emotions and Others, Dies at 75 August 1, 2021
    Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboard player, producer, songwriter and arranger who worked with artists including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and the Emotions, died in Las Vegas July 21 from complications related to cancer, his friends and family reported. He was 76. During a 50-year-plus career in the music business, McDonald had as among […] […]
    Chris Willman

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  • Frenzy of tropical activity in Pacific could create rare weather phenomenon August 1, 2021
    A cluster of tropical activity has developed across the Pacific Ocean, as three features battle for dominance and hold the potential for a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect to occur. “Tropical activity has picked up across the eastern Pacific,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex DaSilva. The three main areas of interest are Tropical Rainstorm 9-E, Hurr […]
  • Severe storms to kick off August for Northeast July 31, 2021
    Cooler and less humid conditions are settling in across the Northeast, while residents receive a brief respite as they pick up the pieces after tornadoes ravaged the mid-Atlantic on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, more storms are on the way to the region before the weekend is over. “A potent short wave of energy will sweep across...
  • Rare snow transforms Brazil into winter wonderland August 1, 2021
    Brazil may be known for beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and temperate climate, but portions of the country looked more like a winter wonderland this week as snow made a rare appearance in the South American country. One of the strongest polar air masses so far this year intruded into southern Brazil earlier this week, according...
  • Wildfire situation in Northwest may worsen this week August 1, 2021
    The weather pattern is set to change multiple times across the Northwest during the first week of August, bringing some opportunities for rain, but also threatening more bad news for the wildfires in the area. For many across the Northwest, July was an especially dry month. Portland, Oregon, and Seattle each clocked in with only...
  • 70 years later, lightning strike survivor recalls tragic event August 1, 2021
    Despite a previous effort to have it removed, a simple monument of cement and stone sits in Darby Canyon near Driggs, Idaho, bearing the names of the five victims who were killed in the area from a lightning strike 70 years ago. Karma Rasband Lambert, now 84, had helped to build it back during 1951,...
  • Destructive western US monsoon to trigger new concerns July 30, 2021
    Already the 2021 North American monsoon season has gotten off to a tumultuous start. Not only has it been the busiest start to the season in years, the monsoon thunderstorms and their resultant flash flooding have turned deadly across the American Southwest. AccuWeather forecasters say that although the engine for the monsoon will continue to...
  • Dallas to sweat in 110-degree RealFeel heat July 30, 2021
    Records were broken across the High Plains on Wednesday as above-normal temperatures persisted throughout the region and into the south-central U.S. — but when will relief from the heat arrive? Not just yet, but soon, AccuWeather forecasters say. The sweltering pattern that’s been locked in across the middle of the nation will continue through the...
  • Another Olympic disruption? Brewing tropical system could target Japan July 30, 2021
    As Olympic officials try to handle the ongoing struggle with the heat in Tokyo, they will have to turn their attention to another potential trouble: a brewing tropical system. The storm could bring impacts to the Olympic Games early this week — and AccuWeather meteorologists warn this may not be the last tropical concern for...
  • Residents begin cleanup efforts following EF3 tornado in Philadelphia suburb July 30, 2021
    One day after a destructive tornado struck eastern Pennsylvania, causing the partial collapse of a car dealership and injuring several people inside, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed that an EF3 tornado had torn through the area with peak winds of up to 140 mph. The most intense damage, the NWS office in Mount Holly, New...
  • 5 important things to know about this year's monsoon season July 29, 2021
    Too much of a good thing has proven deadly in the Southwest. With many areas in the region craving rainfall to bring long-needed drought relief, flash floods have answered that yearning at a steep, and in some cases, fatal price. The annual North American monsoon, which officially runs from June 15 to Sept. 30, is...

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  • The Marvel of Comics, If Not of Movies
    In the August 19, 2021 issue of the magazine, we published “Marvel’s Ringmaster,” J. Hoberman’s review of three books on Stan Lee, the comics writer and editor who was instrumental in creating Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and dozens of other characters. Hoberman charts the rise and fall of Lee and explores how he made himself, […]
  • William Morris, Romantic Revolutionary
    At the end of William Morris’s News from Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest (Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance), a woman named Ellen explains to the visitor, William Guest, that he cannot stay in this perfect place of clean air, meaningful work, and satisfying leisure. Not because of any fictional science of time […]
  • Poised and Precarious
    The presence of the author is so vivid in Afterparties, Anthony Veasna So’s collection of stories, he seems to be at your elbow as you read. The intimacy both enlists and unsettles; So died in December of a drug overdose at the age of twenty-eight. Although youth isn’t generally an advantage for fiction writers (except […]
  • Requiem for a Heavyweight
    Nine years ago, mid-August, I was riding in a small open boat in the Quirimbas Archipelago, just off the coast of Mozambique. We were looking for whales. After running across the turquoise shoals to a deeper channel, the boat slowed and the pilot idled the motor. I remember thinking how odd it seemed to expect […]
  • A Visionary Psychopath
    Sultan Selim I, who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1512 to 1520, deposed his father and murdered two of his brothers. He executed so many of his officials that he inspired a curse still heard in Turkey today: “I wish for you a vizierate under Selim.” On the rare occasions when he was in his […]
  • The Eternal Colony
    Who governs Sicily? Does it matter? With a population of five million (similar to Scotland’s, larger than Croatia’s), this island of 10,000 square miles lying off the toe of Italy’s boot has a special autonomy within the Italian state: it has its own regional parliament and makes its own laws in such areas as agriculture, […]
  • The Burden of ‘Yes’
    One day Zeus and Hera were quarreling. They called Tiresias and asked him which of the two, man or woman, got the most pleasure from sex. Tiresias answered that if the pleasure were divided into ten parts, the woman enjoyed nine and the man only one. —Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony The […]
  • The Fourth Woman
    When Nathalie Léger was around nine years old, her father’s mistress moved into the house next door. One afternoon, Léger hid in the hedge that separated the two yards and watched a photography session between them turn into sexual foreplay. In Exposition, she recounts the transformation in one long sentence, with commas, like little wounds, […]
  • Waiting to Deflate
    We delight in the folly of others. As Charles Mackay wrote in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, “Is it a dull or uninstructive picture to see a whole people shaking suddenly off the trammels of reason, and running wild after a golden vision, refusing obstinately to believe that it is not real, […]
  • ‘A Searing Bolt of Turquoise’
    This spring I taught a course at Mount Holyoke on Emily Dickinson. We spent a week on her riddle poems, and I asked the students to try to guess the answer to this one: A Route of Evanescence, With a revolving Wheel— A Resonance of Emerald A Rush of Cochineal— And every Blossom on the […]
  • Where Are You Really From?
    Lear stands on the heath railing, drenched by a deluge. In Bleak House the solemn “drip, drip, drip” of the Lincolnshire rain keeps time with the regularity of a metronome. Bathsheba’s ill-fated marriage to the caddish Sergeant Troy in Far from the Madding Crowd is met with a violent cloudburst of “liquid spines.” A mizzling, […]
  • Hand (Giotto)
    Over here the circle theme continuesWithout a clock, uncountable And unmarked despite a pouring sound,Despite slight lesions in the rock. A hand is waving, silently, from underCover of cloud we said was blanketing The sky, and so, indeed, the sky is blankBut for a reverie of reach and touch; The ancient, fingered dark.The word I […]
  • The Vindication of Sanora Babb
    In the summer of 1938 Sanora Babb, an aspiring, talented, and determined young writer, joined the volunteer staff at camps in California’s Imperial and San Joaquin Valleys run by the Farm Services Administration, which housed thousands of destitute farmers displaced by the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Babb had a singular empathy for the “Okies,” since she […]
  • Knowing How
    When Francis Galton, Charles Darwin’s problematic cousin, wrote of taking stock of his own “mental furniture,” he meant assessing the background experiences and assumptions that informed his thought—the objects we barely see but instinctively accommodate as we move around the metaphorical room. Galton’s scientific star has dimmed since his death in 1911 (fathering eugenics has […]
  • Slavery vs. White Supremacy
    To the Editors: I write to thank Sean Wilentz for his generous, learned review of my The First Reconstruction and Kate Masur’s Until Justice Be Done [NYR, July 1]. I write not to challenge his assessment, but to pose a question. Wilentz’s review alludes to the current dystopian moment shaped by Donald Trump’s white nationalism […]
  • The Elusive Wit of the Mahatma
    To the Editors: While I very much enjoyed reading Fara Dabhoiwala’s “Imperial Delusions” [NYR, July 1], I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at his description of Gandhi as “only a peasant” (in contrast to an All Souls’ don who purported to teach him history during his visit to Oxford in 1931). Gandhi held a […]
  • A Warning Ignored
    1. On August 11, 1965, Marquette Frye, a twenty-one-year-old African-American, was pulled over in Los Angeles while driving his mother’s Buick, then arrested after failing a sobriety test. In the argument that followed, Frye was struck by the officers as residents began hurling objects at them. Six days of civil unrest that became known as […]
  • The Color Line
    W.E.B. Du Bois carried himself as if he were “the Negro race.” Throughout his very long life—ninety-five years—his personal successes and victories were the successes and victories of all African-Americans. The problems he encountered as a Black man were the problems of Black people the world over. This way of thinking started early. His childhood […]
  • Marooned!
    History is replete with tales of polar explorations that devolved into ordeals of unimaginable suffering. In May 1845 Sir John Franklin, a veteran British sea captain, set sail from England with 128 crewmen on two naval vessels, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Two months later, whalers encountered […]
  • Nor Gloom of Night
    Ellinor, the protagonist of the Norwegian writer Vigdis Hjorth’s novel Long Live the Post Horn!, is a thirty-five-year-old former journalist working as a publicist in Oslo for a three-person agency founded by her mentor, Dag, who has just committed suicide. Ellinor is depressed herself, but her depression, abetted by the short, dark days of an […]
  • How Can We Neutralize the Militias?
    As the House impeachment managers proved, Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to act violently not just in the days leading up to the siege of the Capitol on January 6 but for weeks, months, even years preceding it. Republican partisanship prevented the Senate from convicting him of “inciting violence against the Government of the United […]
  • Marvel’s Ringmaster
    In the universe of superheroism, hyperbole is the coin of the realm. “The Galactus Trilogy,” a much admired comic book saga published by Marvel in 1966 and taking up three issues of The Fantastic Four, is a not untypical tale of superlatives multiplied and obliteration avoided, emblazoned with the warning “If This Be Doomsday!” The […]
  • ‘No One Thinks in Esperanto’
    The letters below are drawn from How to Start Writing (and When to Stop), a collection of the advice columns that Wisława Szymborska wrote anonymously in the Polish journal Życie literackie (Literary Life) from 1960 to 1981.* It was a time, Szymborska later told the interviewer Teresa Walas, when poets were exalted in Poland: “Let’s […]
  • George R. Stewart’s Perfect ‘Storm’
    Storm is the second-strangest book ever written about a storm. The strangest, which has never been published in its entirety, is a memoir by the self-taught artist Henry Darger. At approximately 5,000 pages, The History of My Life was one of the shortest things Darger ever wrote (his first novel, The Story of the Vivian […]
  • What the US Could Learn About College Admissions from the USSR
    Many of us who grew up in the USSR, as my husband and I did, were inevitably shaped by the worship of knowledge among the Soviet intelligentsia. It was a value that—if any could in that society—transcended politics and official ideology. But in a more practical way, education was also the only ticket to upward […]
  • Found in Translation
    On July 12, 2021, we published “When I Lived in French,” an essay by David Hoon Kim. As the title implies, it is a memoir of the writer’s time in France. But it’s also a series of reflections on identity, belonging, and language—the account of a young Korean-American’s becoming himself through his adopted tongue. If […]
  • Tokyo Street Theater
    “The culture shock of defeat is my archetypal image,” the photographer Shomei Tomatsu (1930–2012) once said. “No matter where I go, I carry the shadow of war.” And Daido Moriyama (born in 1938), whom Tomatsu mentored, declared: “I wanted to go to the end of photography.” The two artists, relatively close in age, began their […]
  • Syrians Die in Western Media Darkness
    Last April, Akram Bathiesh, a middle-aged Syrian refugee, died of a heart attack in Denmark, shortly after being told by the authorities that his asylum status had been revoked and he had a month to leave. The Danish government has been reexamining the status of five hundred refugees from Syria, and Bathiesh was among the […]
  • Dredging Up the Ever-Living Past
    In the Review’s July 1, 2021, issue, Imani Perry reviewed Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry, a new collection of interviews with the celebrated playwright edited by Mollie Godfrey, and took the opportunity to consider the life of a great American artist whose body of work remains largely unread. Drawing from the years of research that culminated […]
  • The Magnificence of the Medicis
    In sixteenth-century Florence, as republican government yielded to rule by the once-exiled Medici clan, a verse of Virgil’s Aeneid began to attain new relevance. In Book Six of that poem, Aeneas is instructed to pluck a golden bough to serve as his passport to the underworld; his guide assures him that “after the first [branch] […]
  • Merrick Garland’s Moderation to Excess
    When prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicted the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, there was an unusual wrinkle. Most of the allegations in the indictment concerned a federal tax fraud scheme. That, in turn, raised a question: Nearly half a year into Joe Biden’s term and some four months […]
  • When I Lived in French
    A year or so before I left Paris, and France, for good, in 2004, I was on my way home after an evening at a friend’s place in the Belleville neighborhood. As I approached the moving walkway in the long subway tunnel connecting Châtelet–Pont au Change to the RER train platforms at Châtelet–Les Halles, I […]
  • Ramblin’ Man
    In the July 1, 2021 issue of the magazine, Robert Macfarlane reviews three new books on navigation, both human and animal. The piece expands into a meditation on the value of wayfinding, which Macfarlane describes as “an ethic,” rather than simply the ability to get from points A to B. Wayfinding requires “collaboration and cooperation […]
  • New York, Anew
    XUE YANG LIU Cellist with Sonophonix, Private Tutor, Composer “As a performer, we can play and put our sorrow or sadness and all the emotions into playing music for people. As a composer, it was difficult to be inspired or create right away. When you were watching the world falling apart, and people were dying, […]
  • A Miniaturist Goes Large
    The first thing you see when you walk into “Extraordinary Realities,” Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander’s major retrospective at the Morgan Library, is an Indian Devata dancer, gently resting her knee on the shoulder of Aphrodite. Cast in bronze, nearly life-sized, Promiscuous Intimacies (2020) is Sikander’s first sculpture, and her two women only have eyes for […]
  • Surprising Consensus at the Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court term that ended July 1 marked the first for Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and as a result was the first in which conservatives had a decisive 6–3 majority. Many liberals had braced themselves for the worst, expecting that with the addition of a third Trump-appointed justice, Chief Justice John Roberts would no […]
  • Oh, Mood of Alabama
    On June 25, 2021, we published an article by Elizabeth Spiers analyzing the politics behind the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent meeting, at which the SBC narrowly avoided a takeover by ultraconservative hardliners. Spiers, who’s spent many years in the New York mediasphere, grew up Baptist in Alabama and has deep family ties there. She returned […]

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