Criticism

Books

Life in the Algorithm

It has reshaped culture—but how? Two new books reckon with our digital predicament.
Anna Shechtman

The Legacy of Sonic Youth

How the band reached beyond music to define a scene
Michael Azerrad

Lou Reed Didn’t Want to Be King

A new biography tries to pin the rocker down
Hannah Gold

How Emily Wilson Reimagined Homer

Her boldly innovative translation of the Iliad is an epic for our time
Emily Greenwood

Revisiting Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance

The novel that introduced a new post-Stonewall gay sensibility
Garth Greenwell

Streaming the Polycrisis

Why have TV miniseries about catastrophe become all the rage?
Adam Fales

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In the Time That Remains

Reflections on the poetry of Derek Mahon
Oana Sanziana Marian
July 1, 2019
A woman looks down mournfully in a still from the film Roma.
Film

On "Roma"

A review of Alfonso Cuarón's film
Charles Taylor
July 1, 2019
Illustration with three black and white photos of men and a box holding a pasture with running horses

One Man’s Modernism

J. R. R. Tolkien
James Trilling
July 1, 2019
An image of the book cover Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson.
Books

The Fiction of Uwe Johnson

A review of Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl
Marta Figlerowicz
July 1, 2019
A man stands behind a large plant.
Film

The Films of Alice Rohrwacher

A review of the director's work in Italian cinema
Elizabeth Leake
July 1, 2019
The book cover Feel Free by Nick Laird.

The Poetry of Nick Laird

A review of Feel Free
Stephen Yenser
July 1, 2019
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Books

On "kaddish.com"

Fiction in review
David Galef
April 1, 2019
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Music

On Modern Composition

Music in review
Timothy Young
April 1, 2019
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Books

On Nine Recent Collections

Poetry in review
Stephanie Burt
April 1, 2019
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Film

The Cinematic Afterlife of James Baldwin

Film in review
Ayten Tartici
April 1, 2019