Arts and Culture

Peter Straub, 1943–2022

Farewell to another of the Big Six novelists from the Golden Age of American horror fiction.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
13 min read

The Striver’s Curse

A review of Arthur C. Brooks’s new book, ‘From Strength to Strength.’

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
6 min read

Go Ask Beatrice: Notes on a Dishonest Decade

An outstanding new book tells the story of a wildly successful literary hoax. But it was just one of many.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
28 min read

Guilty and Insane

Dissociative Identity Disorder and the riddle of human responsibility.

Daniel Kriegman
Daniel Kriegman
19 min read

Lost Soul Behind Bars

The untold story of Upheaval, a prison band that recorded one of the most sought-after soul singles of the 1970s.

Max Wilson
Max Wilson
21 min read

The Western Reinvented. Again.

It has been 30 years since a Western last won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. That was in 1992 and the film was Unforgiven [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/], directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in it alongside Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and Richard Harris.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
8 min read

Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts—A Review

A review of Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts [https://amzn.to/3zNvGiO] by Jed Perl. Knopf, 176 pages. (January, 2022) Plug “relevance” into the search field of the website for Artforum, and 16 results pop up from 2021 alone. Relevance is the dominant aesthetic criterion of our

Franklin Einspruch
Franklin Einspruch
7 min read

Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
32 min read