The Way We Live Now
George Walden’s “Tony Underwood” trilogy reveals truths only fiction can tell.
All for the Best
City Opera’s revived production of Candide is a bleak, and hilarious, musical comedy—equal parts light opera and brutal savaging thereof.
Field of Fright
It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.
War movies can only be as serious as the wars they depict—and only as serious as we Americans are about fighting them.
The Invisible Prime Minister
Clement Attlee was a much better politician, and a much more learned man, than popular memory gives him credit for.
More Able Than Kane
Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.
Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians
What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.
Selling the Good News
Two television dramas about the advertising business—one recent and the other from the 1980s—show us how much American society has changed.