Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 12:18pm
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William Deresiewicz sees a crisis in the arts, and he needs you to stop it. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be that simple, because the problem comes from something that is increasingly woven into the fabric of our daily lives: The Algorithm. By “the algorithm,” Deresiewicz means the coding of apps and programs that we use every day to consume content, that show us certain posts or songs at the top of our feed — the invisible hand that, as Deresiewicz said, “picks up things that are already viral and makes them more viral.” 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:26pm
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I would love to say that the reason I reread “Brave New World” was my immediate recognition of the connections between Huxley’s original dystopia and the current situation in the United States, but the real reason is less intellectual: I watched the Peacock adaptation.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 4:57pm
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Over the last six months, I have (understandably) turned to reading books that comfort me. I reread the first “Harry Potter” book out loud to my six-year-old neighbor; I revisited the meditative poetry of Walt Whitman and the remarkable prose of Tom Robbins. The words that I had read time and time again consoled me while everything else seemed impossibly crazy. More and more, though, I began to return to the genre that my friends think I’m insane for craving when I need a night alone, curled up in bed: horror.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 4:57pm
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In his new memoir, Broadway and TV producer Richie Jackson is unapologetic and unabashed while still maintaining a level of gentleness throughout. “Gay Like Me” functions on multiple levels — primarily as a sending-off to his college-bound son, but also as the story of Jackson’s life, a love letter to his husband Jordan Roth, a guidebook for parents on raising a gay child and a political statement about Donald Trump and his America. Jackson makes it clear that being gay is an integral part of his life and that it intimately shapes him and his identity.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:49pm
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In her collection of short stories, “Look How Happy I’m Making You,” Polly Rosenwaike captures the experience of motherhood from all angles. Rosenwaike cultivates her book’s appeal in the very first page, instantly dismissing any preconceptions a reader might have about a book on motherhood.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 2:03pm
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The experience of devoting nearly two hours of one’s life to watching an episode of “The Bachelor” is not only transformatory, it is blissfully sinful. On both sides of the screen, people are being as unabashedly awful as they please. Some background of the show for those who aren’t familiar: “The Bachelor” is a reality TV show where a cohort of 20+ women is winnowed down to “the one” by the bachelor himself, a single man “dating” all of these women at once. He chooses who continues on the show by giving the contestants a rose — if you don’t receive a rose, you go home.