Thursday, February 29, 2024

Culture

Remembrances of Queer Auteurs Past

“Welcome, queer babies, to this reverse-conversion-therapy session! Our goal this evening is to make you queer.” It was a Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the playwright and chanteuse Taylor Mac laughed throatily at the...

How Usher, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift Build Their Own Legacies

Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Wherever You ListenSign up to receive our weekly cultural-recommendations newsletter.At this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Usher Raymond sang through decades of hits while twirling on roller skates, making a case...

“Dune” and the Delicate Art of Making Fictional Languages

A trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two” features the boy prophet Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, yelling something foreign and uninterpretable to a horde of desert people. We see Chalamet as the embodiment of charismatic fury:...

In “Shōgun,” an Update Is a Double-Edged Sword

“Shōgun” is the kind of Hollywood product that assumes a defensive crouch from the outset. The FX series—a ten-part adaptation of James Clavell’s best-selling 1975 doorstopper, which centers on an English sailor who lands in seventeenth-century Japan and...

Lord Byron Was More Than Just Byronic

It is almost two hundred years since the death of Lord Byron. He succumbed to a fever on April 19, 1824, in the town of Missolonghi, on the west coast of Greece, at the age of thirty-six. As...

The Sterile Spectacle of “Dune: Part Two”

Having been delayed, amid the recent Hollywood strikes, from its original release date, in the fall of 2023, “Dune: Part Two” is understandably eager to get going. It’s off before we’ve even glimpsed the Warner Bros. logo, whose...

The Arrested Development of Carson McCullers

That same summer, McCullers began a whirlwind tour of conferences and residencies, where she charmed some of the most famous names in literature and alienated many others. At Bread Loaf, the summer writers’ conference at Middlebury College, she...

Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s “All Clear” | The New Yorker

The city is full of unexpected sights, but few are more endearing than a row of wobbly preschoolers, holding onto a rope while they walk with their teachers. For the cover of the March 4, 2024, issue, the...

Two African Migrants’ Fantastical, Harrowing Odyssey in “Io Capitano”

At one point in “Io Capitano,” a deeply moving drama about an odyssey through unknown lands, the Italian director Matteo Garrone undermines his own realism, to startlingly lyrical effect. Seydou (Seydou Sarr), a sixteen-year-old from Senegal, is one...

Can You Really Want an Oscar Too Much?

On Valentine’s Day, Bradley Cooper strode onto the stage of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, flush with exuberance in his tux. “What we’re going to watch is an experiment,” he told the audience, which included Candice Bergen, Spike...
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In this article Real estate investors talk about their real estate portfolios a lot. Even in challenging markets, we’re always...
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