Culture

Ghosts of Ballots Past

On Rick Hasen's riveting look at voting wars since Florida—and the anguished history of how we got there in the first place

Norman Mailer Aims for Auteur ... and Falls Way Short

Criterion Collection has released the famed author's not-so-famed entries into the film canon.

No Touchdown for Paterno Biography

Joe Posnanski's new book on the Penn State coach fails to hold him accountable for the Sandusky scandal.

Hooray for Hollywood?

Is it really a font of liberal propaganda?

Breaking Bad TV Expectations

Skyler White and other anti-hero wives have been doused in haterade lately instead of getting the sympathy they deserve.

Kubrick's Vietnam, 25 Years Later

Full Metal Jacket—as well as the rest of the director's canon—still fails to impress, even after a quarter-century intermission.

Wolveriiines!

The Red Dawn remake comes.

Ricky Bobby Goes to Washington

Don't watch The Campaign with expectations of high sophistication and deft explanation of political issues.

The Long Arc of Gore Vidal

The prolific man of letters spent the last decades of his life tarnishing his own reputation—but what a reputation it was.

The Incongruous Olympics

Will the Olympics be a break from Europe and England's problems, or make them more vivid?

The Masked Morality of the Batman Trilogy

The Dark Knight Rises is not an easy parable for the political left or right.

The London Games

A new book sheds light on the ruins that always lie in an Olympics's wake. 

Batman: Gotham's Reformer

In the Nolan films, Batman is a reformer and humanist, and not an avatar for right-wing fears. 

A Dark Knight for Romney?

Don't believe Limbaugh—the most recent Batman movie is an epic for the 1%

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything?

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