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The Transcendence of Transparent

Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.

Sept. 21 2016 8:30 PMThe Making of an American GirlIn 1993, the doll company set out to introduce its first black character. All she had to do was represent the entire history of black America.
Sept. 21 2016 9:15 AMMythmaking MachinesHow Jackie and Barry both shore up and subvert the very important person biopic template.
Sept. 21 2016 5:30 AMThe Problem With “Get Over It”The Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker urges us to confront the darkness of the past. He should heed his own advice.
Sept. 20 2016 12:38 PMLouis C.K. Wears a Suit, Kills at Madison Square GardenThe comedian made his name as a disgusting, shlubby everyman. Now he’s trying something new, and he’s as funny as ever.
Sept. 19 2016 8:34 AMWatching Lin-Manuel Miranda Watch the Hamilton Parody, SpamiltonAfter years caught up in the hype around their game-changing show, the Hamilton creators watch themselves get spoofed.
Sept. 16 2016 4:31 PMThe Illusion of PerfectionA new diary tells the story of what happened when Faye Dunaway played Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest.
Sept. 16 2016 12:43 PMSully Is the Perfect Fantasy for Our Post-Fact EraNo wonder it’s such a hit.
Sept. 15 2016 1:53 PMOK, American Horror Story’s Shameless Buzzmongering Totally Worked as a Setup for Season 6The premiere lived up to the hype.
Sept. 15 2016 9:30 AMTerrence Malick’s Voyage(s) of TimeThe director’s latest releases—two radically different versions of the same film—illustrate exactly why he’s become so polarizing.
Sept. 13 2016 1:24 PMHow Amos ’n’ Andy Paved the Way for Black Stars on TVWriter Trey Ellis on why he, Jesse Williams, and David Alan Grier want to make a movie about the infamous TV show.
Sept. 13 2016 9:39 AMThe Vagina Music of Walking and TalkingTwenty years ago, Nicole Holofcener’s debut flopped. Now, it feels like a prophecy about the women who rule pop culture.
Sept. 12 2016 6:54 PMColin Kaepernick’s Protest Is WorkingHis quiet gesture was precision engineered to accomplish exactly what it’s accomplished.
Sept. 12 2016 9:54 AMJust in Time for Our Impending Nuclear Holocaust … It’s Nena!The “99 Luftballons” singer on Trump, playing the U.S. for the first time, and the Americans who butcher her song at karaoke.
Aug. 17 2016 11:22 AMWhat’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
July 20 2016 5:30 AMWhen I First Heard Stakes Is HighHow De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.
Sept. 21 2016 1:03 PMThe Dark Prophecy of By the SeaBrad and Angelina’s gloomy relationship drama is proof of why it’s always a bad idea for mega-celebrity couples to star in a movie together.
Sept. 21 2016 8:02 AMHow Pyrotechnic Comic Novelist Colson Whitehead Found His Way to the Grim, Measured Underground RailroadThe author’s best-selling novel about slavery is a major departure from his previous works.
Sept. 20 2016 5:14 PMBrangelexit Is the Tabloid Industry’s Greatest TriumphGossip rags have been feverishly sounding Brangelina’s death knell for years. How did they know?
Sept. 19 2016 9:02 AMThe Rotten Cheese of This Is UsNBC’s new drama is emotional uplift at its most oppressive.
Sept. 19 2016 1:00 AMThe 2016 Emmys Were a TriumphOf diversity, good jokes, and good taste.
Sept. 16 2016 4:09 PMIn a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
Sept. 16 2016 12:11 PMWill Best Actress Be a Battle Between Natalie Portman and Emma Stone?They’re both A-listers showcasing the best performances of their careers. But which actress is the Oscar front-runner?
Sept. 15 2016 12:13 PMWhy Americans Are So Bloody Awful at British AccentsIf British actors’ American accents are “bang on,” why are Americans’ British accents such rubbish?
Sept. 14 2016 9:15 AMGood News, High Maintenance FansThe HBO version of the acclaimed web series doesn’t harsh the show’s mellow.
Sept. 13 2016 1:20 PMDoes the New York Times Have a False Balance Problem?Its public editor dismisses the criticism as irrational. She should take it a lot more seriously.
Sept. 13 2016 8:33 AMThe Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary ArtIt’s time to abandon the notion that everything must be a progression of what came before.
Sept. 12 2016 1:02 PMSeducing the A-ListThe author of a new book about legendary talent agency CAA on how Hollywood—and movie stardom—has changed over the past four decades.
Aug. 30 2016 12:31 PMDe La Soul Is AliveThe legendary trio returns with their first album in over a decade, and it’s excellent.
Aug. 1 2016 10:16 AMI Will Win!Trump loves Puccini—and new research is showing how fascism infused the composer’s work.
July 18 2016 1:01 PMOut of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?

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