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Trump at the Movies
Our Own Norma Desmond

President Trump’s fondness for Sunset Boulevard reveals more than his taste in film—though for reasons that he himself might not consciously realize.

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The Literary Life
James Wood and the Art of Criticism

In his new career-spanning collection, the esteemed book critic James Wood affirms his credo: “Literature teaches us to notice.”

“The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton” by Thomas Eakins (Wikimedia Commons)
The Literary Life
The Quiet American Novel

A new book by Steve Almond offers a deeply personal take on John Williams’s classic novel Stoner: a minor-key masterpiece about ordinary life, the pursuit of passions, and the lost art of paying attention.

Modern Hell
The Staying Power of Sartre’s No Exit

Seventy-five years after its debut, the existentialist drama speaks profoundly to our age of social media-fueled isolation.

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At the Movies
The Populist Parable of A Face in the Crowd

Elia Kazan’s 1957 classic is a prescient warning about the power of demagogues, which remains all too relevant more than 60 years later.

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Silver Screen Reflections
The Magnificent Ambersons and the Age of Disruption

More than 75 years after its release, Orson Welles’s classic holds up as a visionary social prophecy.

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