Arts and Culture

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

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

A review of Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts 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 time, and lack thereof

Franklin Einspruch
Franklin Einspruch
7 min read
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Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following analysis discusses the film in its entirety and features spoilers throughout. I. December 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of the release of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, a film so marked by violent killings and violent sex that, according to Peckinpah’s biographer, David

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
32 min read
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Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Any person who produces art or literature, or who offers up anything at all for public consumption, must have a thick skin. Harsh reviews are as much a part of the writing life as days in front of a blank screen. But Jessie Tu’s recent article in the Sydney

Neil Tully
Neil Tully
5 min read
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Play Anything—The Case for Colorblind Casting

Play Anything—The Case for Colorblind Casting

A few years ago, I wrote an article about authenticity in acting. The inspiration for the piece came from actor Jeffrey Tambor, who was then playing the lead in the show Transparent. As he collected an Emmy for Outstanding Lead in a Comedy series, Tambor told the audience at LA’

Graham Daseler
Graham Daseler
18 min read
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