At the Movies The Death of the Auteur
Orson Welles’s final film, newly completed after four decades in limbo, is a fascinating paradox: a deeply personal but radically collaborative project, which speaks as much to our time as to his.
At the Movies Wiseman in the Heartland
A new documentary from an 88-year-old master casts an empathetic spotlight on small-town America, and the institutions that sustain its communal life.
Pop Idols Clapton and the Devil Blues
A new biography of Eric Clapton tells a quintessential ’60s story—and a didactic tale of how suffering can lead to redemption.
Identity Crisis Immigration and the Logic of Liberalism
A new book on immigration claims to offer an economic argument against open borders. Instead, it offers a cultural argument against modern liberalism.
Working It Out Hard Work
A new book on the future of work offers some insightful reporting, but is crippled by a strong case of confirmation bias.
The New Battlefield Chronicles of the Meme War
A new book offers a revealing look into how social media has been “weaponized” by nefarious actors—even if it doesn’t show how the genie can be put back into the bottle.
Sartre on the Tube The Afterlife Will Be Televised
Two quirky comedies about death translate the gloom of French existentialism to the cheerier realm of American television.
The Secret World An Intelligent History
Christopher Andrew’s The Secret World shows us how the intelligence business is consistently underrated by politicians, military leaders, and historians.
Technocracy and Democracy The Taming of the Few
In his new book, ex-central banker Paul Tucker explores the legitimacy crisis of the regulatory state—and argues that with great unelected power comes great democratic responsibility.
Phony Philanthropy Change You Can’t Believe In
A new book argues that our technocratic elite have succumbed to a “new faith” that promises worldly utopia but instead perpetuates injustice. Perhaps they might take lessons from an older one.
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