Books & Culture
The Mysterious “Sweating Sickness” in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” Trilogy and the Private Country of Illness
Because monumental matters are mundane in Mantel’s trilogy, the mundane feels monumental—an aspect that harmonizes with the heightened sensory awareness that seems to mark life in quarantine.
What to Stream: “The Liberation of L. B. Jones,” a 1970 Film About the Agonies of Racial Injustice
The movie’s political substance wasn’t lost on viewers of the time; there were reports that some feared a “race riot” after a screening.
Dancing on Their Own During the Coronavirus Crisis
The members of the American Ballet Theatre face practical, financial, and existential questions as they fight to keep their art alive.
Revisiting the Violence and Style of Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”
Scorsese’s bio-pic, from 1980, is distinguished by an absence of psychology, which renders it subject to negative judgments from critics with narrow expectations of a character study.
Susan Rothenberg’s Asteroidal Impact on the New York Art World
Susan Rothenberg’s kinetic and powerful works helped spark a rebirth of Expressionism, beginning in the mid-seventies. She died this week, at seventy-five.
Goings On About Town
A Forgotten Twentieth-Century Photographer’s Wild Portraits of Women in Nature
Anne Brigman helped shape American photographic traditions and was anointed by Alfred Stieglitz. Then she fell into obscurity.
How a YouTuber Makes Millions by Solving Puzzles
For people stuck at home and self-isolating, puzzles can be a satisfying pastime. For Chris Ramsay, they’re also a business.