Arts & Entertainment

Stephen Breyer’s Prophetic Dissent

New York Review of Books

Linda Greenhouse
A Powerful, Forgotten Dissent

Stephen Breyer’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s Parents Involved case has proved prophetic about the decision’s consequences for racial integration in public schools.

Michael Gorra
Corrections of Taste

Terry Eagleton’s Critical Revolutionaries traces a shift in English studies in which close attention to language, rather than literary history, became the paradigm for criticism.

Verlyn Klinkenborg
Endless Summer

Brian Wilson’s songs still have the power to astonish on their own terms, from their own time.


a poem by
Vona Groarke

I’d never been further than Ballina, and only in the back of a cart.
The train shuffled field after tree after field, as Dada did with cards
and me as a spindle at the heart of it, the last still thing in the world…

Noah Isenberg
Clinging to Hollywood’s Underbelly

The B-movie director Hugo Fregonese—whose career led from Argentina to Hollywood and Europe—was preoccupied with the search for freedom in a violent world.

Bench Ansfield
A Theater of State Panic

Beginning in 1967, the Army built fake towns to train police and military officers in counterinsurgency. Sierra Pettengill’s new documentary lays bare the fears and false promises behind them.

Free from the Archives

The French film director Jean-Luc Godard died last Tuesday, aged ninety-one. In November 2014, Geoffrey O’Brien reviewed for our website Godard’s forty-second feature film—and the first he shot in 3-D—Goodbye to Language. “Filming in 3-D,” O’Brien observed, “Godard forces a reconsideration not only of his own films but of all films.”

Geoffrey O’Brien
Tree! Fire! Water! Godard!

“His form of collage seems to contain almost everything, including a plentiful supply of gaps and concealments and disguises. He creates a surface as dense as a page of Pound’s ‘Section: Rock-Drill’ or Ashbery’s ‘The Tennis Court Oath.’ The abstraction and opacity are in the surface of an underlying formal equilibrium defined, here, through a phrase of the mathematician Bernhard Riemann: ‘A landscape where each point is transformed into music.’”


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