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What Can Artists Do to Oppose Trump?

Nothing. But that doesn’t mean they should ignore our perilous political present.

Dec. 6 2016 9:01 AMBasketball’s Nerd KingHow Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks.
Nov. 30 2016 10:12 AMHow Video Games Change UsShooters don’t necessarily make players more violent. But do they make us more cruel?
Nov. 23 2016 11:22 AMThe Weirdest DreamWhy it was such a tricky high wire act for late-night comedians to cover Trump’s win.
Nov. 17 2016 11:33 AMFour Poems for the ElectionThe quadrennial choosing, and its aftermath.
Oct. 28 2016 9:47 AMSomething of ValueHow I fell in love with horror movies, and what their terrors taught me.
Oct. 3 2016 5:57 AMThe Literal Hell of McMansionsThe suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.
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. 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 12:11 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.
Dec. 1 2016 11:44 AMA Tour of the White House With Ms. Natalie PortmanJackie uses historical re-enactment and re-creation to tell a very different story about the Kennedy assassination.
Nov. 25 2016 5:45 AMHave I Got a Play for YouFlouting copyright law to bring the brilliance of Company to West Hollow Junior High School.
Nov. 22 2016 3:26 PMConsider the CoconutHow Moana uses Polynesian culture to create a prototypical Disney story.
Nov. 7 2016 10:56 AMThe Throne Room Where It HappensShakespeare’s Prince Hal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, and the art of the compromise.
Oct. 4 2016 1:31 PMBeautiful, Stirring, and OvercrowdedThe many small successes, and one large failure, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Sept. 22 2016 9:45 AMThe Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
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 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 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.

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