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To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule


Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.

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30 Years Gone, and Oh, How We Still Love Orson Welles


Author and filmmaker F.X. Feeney delves into the life—and afterlife—of one of 20th century’s most brilliant creative forces, one who never strayed far from the political.

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In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Robo Babe Raises Powerful Questions


In the spirit of cautionary prophesies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Demon Seed,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Her,” Alex Garland’s provocative film raises questions of gender, ethics and existentialism. 

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature


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Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?


As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation


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The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

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Throwing Up for Peace


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The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?

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‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps


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Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

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Welcome to Alphaville, Avoid the Ghetto


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The world we see through our smartphones is a curated world, and its horizons are constricting, rather than expanding.

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The Normal Heart and Nijinsky’s Faun


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We just lived through a year of uprisings round the world, including the Occupy Wall Street movement. In culture, in science and in politics we have every reason to expect that the opening years of this century will be as dangerous and as transformative as the first decade of the 20th.

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