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Pending Vegan

Francis Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

The central character of Jonathan Lethem's recent short story, "Pending Vegan," (The New Yorker, 4/7/14) has just gone off Celexa. Paul Espeseth's p...

We Should Focus on Inequality, Not Upward Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

A new "bipartisan consensus" is brewing: 2014 will be the year in which Very Serious People argue that America's primary economic goal should be increasing social mobility, not decreasing inequality.

2011's Doomsday Cinema, Part I: Melancholia @ 49th NYFF plus Gainsbourg on Von Trier & Lars' NYFF 47 Press Conference (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.

Neighborhood E-lists: Opportunity for Community

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

Alienation and rootlessness are so deeply ingrained in Angelenos' psyches -- partly because so many of us are transplants -- as to be almost a badge of honor.

Partial Justice

Barry Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Schwartz

The mark of a wise judge is the ability to balance. To deny empathy or detachment its proper place is to cut wisdom off at the knees. One without the other would give us only partial justice.

Film Review: Blood, Wax and Tears in the Story of Artist Seraphine

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Belgian-born actress Yolande Moreau gives a stunning and heartbreaking performance in this partly fictionalized biography of the painter Seraphine.