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What Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball Can Teach Us About Legacy

It’s been about five months since Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash that killed nine people including his thirteen year old daughter...

“Eyes” by William H. Gass: A Review

William Gass is a master of the English language. His prose is smooth and muscular: at once honey dripping off a hot tin roof,...

The Lost Daughter Complicates the Myth of the “Good” Mother

On-screen, frustration gets played for laughs. A lot. It usually has a few tropey midwives: the well-meaning, yet incompetent boss; the noble loser, likely...

Innocents and Others, by Dana Spiotta

In much of her fiction, Dana Spiotta has focused on relationships among friends and family, with their frustrations, recriminations and nearly incurable optimisms. In...

Normal People and the Intimate Problem of Patriarchy

I avoided Normal People for as long as I could. I didn’t have a Hulu subscription and, having read neither Sally Rooney’s book nor...

Frozen 2 Is Even More Trans Than the First One

As of 2013, when it hit theaters, Frozen was the most trans movie ever. At least so it seemed to many trans girls (it...

George Michael: A Life — A Review

There’s much to say about George Michael: pop superstar, sex symbol, earworm-making musician, mega-talented vocalist, closeted gay man, addict. In James Gavin’s new biography...

Q&A with author Marco Rafalà and an excerpt of How Fires...

Heartbreaking and haunting, How Fires End is a powerful novel that explores devastating family secrets - who keeps them and why, how and when they will someday be revealed, and whether they can or will ever be forgiven. Part war story, part family history, it is a beautiful tale of multi-generational love, loss, grief, and hope.

Real Worlds in the Multiverses of Everything Everywhere All At Once

I went to see Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All At Once three times in four consecutive days. I know sitting in...

Predator, Prey: Jill McDonough Watches the Skies

Crock-Pots, car washes, Big Dog, Predator drones. In questions of love and war, whom do we trust, ourselves or the machines we’ve built to...

When the Canon Takes Aim: A Review of Jordan Abel’s...

Injun, by Jordan Abel. Talonbooks, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. $16.95 (Canada/U.S.) The atrocities inflicted on the indigenous peoples of the Americas through the centuries are well-documented...

Why American Classical Music Has Stayed White

Dvorak’s Prophecy: And the Vexing Fate of Black Classical Music by Joseph Horowitz (W.W. Norton & Company, 2022) is a clarion call to action...