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Cultural Criticism

Farewell To The Toast, Mallory Ortberg's Utopia Of Feminist Humor

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.22.2016 | Arts

The Toast, a website that, for culturally minded feminists who appreciate a good snort-laugh, always seemed too good to be true, is leaving us at last...

Two Concepts of Public Art

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.15.2016 | Good News
Harry Boyte

Public art often protests injustice and oppression, seeking to raise public awareness. Pablo Picasso's famous painting Guernica, finished in 1937, is an example.

What Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument' Tells Us About Today

Christine Deakers | Posted 02.07.2015 | Media
Christine Deakers

The 50 Year Argument, a literary documentary on The New York Review of Books directed by Martin Scorsese, available through HBO, is not necessarily the tour de force that only pats the intellectual echelon on its cashmere-and-tweed-backs, which some may expect.

A Map for the New World: The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.12.2014 | Home
Illya Szilak

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media The recently published "Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media", weighing in at over five hundred pages, claim...

The More Things Change, The More Sitcoms Remain the Same

Laura R. Linder | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Laura R. Linder

While the popularity of the situation comedy may ebb and flow from decade to decade, there is no other type of television show that has been so popular over time.

The More Things Change, the More Sitcoms Remain the Same

Mary Dalton | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Dalton

Although many shows are rich with competing messages and opportunities to supply interpretations that conflict with dominant readings, television doesn't always tackle social issues as quickly as some viewers might like.

A Pratfall Too Far

Mary Dalton | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Dalton

Mike & Molly started with promise, settled into comfortable, and descended into being nearly unwatchable by making Molly, once a dedicated fourth grade teacher, into a careening mess.

How the Real Housewives Have Made America Better

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Posted 06.22.2013 | TV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The focus on wealth makes the show play out like a classic Shakespearean tragedy. The fabulous homes, clothes, and opulent parties at first make the viewers admire the housewife and wish to be like her. But soon we see the "real" person, whose hubris reveals a deep unhappiness that they, being unreliable narrators, deny.

Jason Linkins

Marco Rubio's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

I think it's pretty great that Marco Rubio took the opportunity to talk about hip-hop in his interview with GQ. He doesn't come off as a dilettante, e...

Judith Crist: Personal and Professional Style

Gregory Beyer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Gregory Beyer

In her own way, Judith Crist told us how the world had changed in her time and invited us to wonder how it might change in ours.

Iranian Actress Faces 90 Lashes For Movie Role

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- An Iranian opposition website says an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearin...

Jason Linkins

The White House Press Corps Has An Awkward Discussion About Hip-Hop | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, we brought you word that a minor bit of nontroversy was brewing because the Chicago rapper Common -- whose music you've probably heard on t...

Jason Linkins

Outrage Flares As Michelle Obama Invites Common To White House To Read Poetry | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

It's important to remember how stories like this come together. Some political figure likes some artist. If the artist is worth his or her salt, then chances he or she has probably done something outre or controversial. And, wow, a rapper?

Jon Stewart, The Warriors, and My Dad

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ming Holden

Nowadays, our pundits are much more likely to be incisive and insightful on camera than many of our political or religious leaders.

What's Next From Lady Gaga, a Snuff Film?

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

Is it really too much to ask that a child be allowed to reach adulthood without thinking that watching two women engaged in a jailhouse beating is prerequisite foreplay for a satisfying sexual encounter?