Willy Loman in Tehran: Asghar Farhadi and the Death of the American Dream

By Jenny Lower Two hours before the La La Land–Moonlight mix-up notably derailed the Oscars, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also …

Recovering and Tempelhof

Like many, I spent part of the last weekend in January at an airport. Across the country thousands protested detainments …

Resistance at the Crossroads of the World

By Benjamin Reeves Between President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico, his threat of a trade war …

Alec Baldwin, James Baldwin, and Apocalyptic Exceptionalism

Ratings for Saturday Night Live steadily declined for four consecutive seasons, starting in 2011, as Lorne Michaels struggled uncharacteristically to …

How Does This Story End?

By Hannah Deitch “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people …

Being an Immigrant is Hard Enough. Can’t We Just Be Compassionate?

By Ani Kokobobo I arrived at JFK almost 20 years ago from Albania, a Muslim-majority country then torn apart by political …

Trump Revisits Vichy’s Rafles

Across the country, people woke to the alarming news: police were breaking families apart, assigning fathers and mothers, sons and …