Category Archives: Blog
Written on July 26, 2016 at 8:56 am, by Elettra Pauletto
Eternal “Wartime” in America.
Written on July 26, 2016 at 8:55 am, by Elettra Pauletto
The court said judges can look at the scores – so long as their limitations are made clear.
Written on June 26, 2015 at 11:24 am, by Abby Margulies
California’s drought is part of a much larger water crisis that impacts the entire country.
Written on May 12, 2015 at 9:55 am, by Abby Margulies
Republicans could look to George W. Bush for an example of what to do on the minimum wage. But they won't, and it's going to hurt them in 2016.
Written on May 8, 2015 at 9:10 am, by Abby Margulies
A five-step guide to the police repression of protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond.
Written on May 4, 2015 at 10:06 am, by Abby Margulies
The Roberts Court—and Roberts himself—upholds a campaign finance rule.
Written on January 8, 2014 at 9:26 am, by Aditi Sriram
Trying to calculate the man-years spent by Green Berets, Rangers, Navy SEALs, Special Operations Aviators, and Delta Force commandos all over the world.
Written on October 30, 2013 at 9:50 am, by Aditi Sriram
The question all Americans must ask themselves lingers painfully: How does a war like this ever end?
Written on December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am, by Abby Margulies
| ||Guernica seeks an Art Editor and Art Assistant.|
Written on June 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm, by Abby Margulies
| ||David Mazzucchelli’s gorgeous hardcover teaches us that sometimes a comic book is just a comic book.|
Written on June 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm, by Abby Margulies
| ||Poetry that asks, “Why did we allow things to get to where they are today?”|
Written on June 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm, by Abby Margulies
| ||Films to keep you occupied and out of the sun.|
Written on January 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm, by Abby Margulies
| ||Steve Reich's Different Trains holds the distinctions both of having won a Grammy and of supposedly making a YouTube commentator nearly vomit with fear. It’s frightening music, combining a Psycho-like violin motif and engine noises to evoke one of the greatest
tragedies in history. And the music does, without mercy. |
Written on October 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm, by Abby Margulies
| ||Šteger’s latest collection embodies, addresses, and reconfigures objects ranging from graters to urinals. And it’s downright sexy.|
Written on September 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm, by Abby Margulies
The Frontal Cortex blog analyzes the intersection of science and modern society and answers the kinds of questions that people often think about in passing.
Written on September 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm, by Abby Margulies
Todd Solondz’s deadpan satire in Life During Wartime forces us to laugh, then shames us for doing so.
Written on August 20, 2010 at 10:20 am, by Abby Margulies
Fraggle Rock was a long-running segment that included a Cookie Monster version of retro PBS host Alistair Cooke (or Alistair Cookie) as he re-imagines literary classics for children.
Written on January 13, 2010 at 10:23 am, by Abby Margulies
For the lovers of dark magic, Tim Burton’s strange and unusual world awaits you at MoMA...
Written on January 12, 2010 at 9:12 am, by Abby Margulies
How was pantyhose a strategic tool in combat operations? And why did Pakistan’s president try to get the Japanese prime minister to star the leader of the Taliban in a Honda motorcycle ad campaign? In the Graveyard of Empires has the answers.
Written on January 11, 2010 at 10:07 am, by Abby Margulies
Can’t make it to the Guggenheim before the Kandinsky retrospective closes? There are other ways to experience the extraordinary artist...
Written on December 16, 2009 at 8:32 am, by Abby Margulies
Watch it for a peak at one of the most emotionally bombastic directors before he completely found his footing, or just for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s fantastic cameo.
Written on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 am, by Abby Margulies
This film is a haunting consideration of what vampirism might look like without the dietary alternatives of Tru Blood or deer meat.
Written on December 14, 2009 at 9:18 am, by Abby Margulies
Invictus is a stunning representation of South Africa in the 1990s, and, for the first time, I feel the need to understand the game of rugby.
Written on December 11, 2009 at 11:46 am, by Abby Margulies
It’s a beautiful thing when a writer can disappear entirely as his/her characters leap completely to life. Bravo, Roddy Doyle!
Written on December 10, 2009 at 10:22 am, by Abby Margulies
This book of lyrics warns not to treat Simon as Bob Dylan’s Garfunkel.
Written on December 9, 2009 at 11:18 am, by Abby Margulies
Sullivan stuns, satisfies, and raises some important questions.
Written on December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am, by Abby Margulies
There is hope yet for the genre.
Written on December 7, 2009 at 8:40 am, by Abby Margulies
This story of a community preparing to lose ownership of their land is a testament to Chambon’s talent and ability to create a new world.
Written on December 3, 2009 at 8:47 am, by Abby Margulies
Arundhati Roy asks us to rethink the goals of occupation, the rule of the markets, where we get our news, and, perhaps most originally, innocence.
Written on December 2, 2009 at 9:01 am, by Abby Margulies
Fisher is less concerned with the provenance of food than the pleasures derived from it, and her prose is a joy.
Written on December 1, 2009 at 10:33 am, by Abby Margulies
Proceed with caution, but do proceed to Jorge Drexler’s infectious album.
Written on November 25, 2009 at 11:32 am, by Abby Margulies
Sen’s work can be applied to so many debates going on around us, which he wisely leaves to us.
Written on November 24, 2009 at 10:13 am, by Abby Margulies
He fell and beat his head on the floor, trying to achieve the reasonableness of pain. Pain would give him peace. When he realized that he could not reach pain this way, he began the enormous struggle to hang himself. He tried fifteen or a million times before he was able to get his hand on his belt buckle
Written on November 23, 2009 at 10:29 am, by Abby Margulies
The Selected Levis feels complete in a way that most selecteds don’t.
Written on November 19, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
This TV series is done like a good spy drama: no flashy special effects, just film noir twists.
Written on November 18, 2009 at 9:49 am, by Abby Margulies
A masterful look at ordinary people overtaken by historic events.
Written on November 17, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
Land artist Goldsworthy achieves geometrical perfection from nature’s imperfect materials.
Written on November 16, 2009 at 9:59 am, by Abby Margulies
In the winter of 1974, Werner Herzog learned that his good friend had fallen ill in Paris, so he grabbed a jacket, compass, and duffel bag and began walking the 500 miles from Munich to Paris
Written on November 13, 2009 at 10:26 am, by Abby Margulies
If you ever wonder why a black woman might flinch when you try to touch her hair, Good Hair can help you better understand.
Written on November 11, 2009 at 10:12 am, by Abby Margulies
“I don’t so much read the book as stare at its pages—the illustrations are spellbinding.”
Written on November 10, 2009 at 10:10 am, by Abby Margulies
It’s hard to believe that so much can happen to one person and he can live to tell about it.
Written on November 9, 2009 at 9:09 am, by Abby Margulies
For the true poetry lover, it does not get any better than this.
Written on November 5, 2009 at 9:02 am, by Abby Margulies
Not a fan of the hair-raisers? Opt for something a bit more ridiculous.
Written on November 4, 2009 at 9:00 am, by Abby Margulies
Pancake’s measured language evokes so many emotions with so few words.
Written on November 3, 2009 at 8:51 am, by Abby Margulies
Grossman is exceptionally skilled at blending the tropes of fantasy with the conventions of slacker culture.
Written on November 2, 2009 at 9:27 am, by Abby Margulies
“I blame James Fenimore Cooper for rampant literary disinterest in the United States.”
Written on October 29, 2009 at 11:42 am, by Abby Margulies
Terrible things happen in Passing, but it’s a fascinating look into human relationships and the whole complicated business of race and identity.
Written on October 27, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
Hard to read, but well worth the pain.
Written on October 26, 2009 at 9:35 am, by Abby Margulies
Who wouldn’t rather read Paley’s “An Interest in Life” than Faulkner’s dour “A Rose for Emily”?
Written on October 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm, by Abby Margulies
Finally, it’s cool to watch cartoons again.
Written on October 21, 2009 at 10:43 am, by Abby Margulies
Pop becomes history becomes pop.
Written on October 20, 2009 at 9:55 am, by Abby Margulies
Can corporate espionage really be this much fun?
Written on October 19, 2009 at 9:49 am, by Abby Margulies
“123 Goodbye” is poetry that inspires poetry.
Written on October 16, 2009 at 11:32 am, by Abby Margulies
Put on your dancing shoes and hop into this green-white-green time machine.
Written on October 14, 2009 at 10:35 am, by Abby Margulies
Taller Children is so enjoyable because it avoids monotony—rather than linger in a single emotional zone, it continuously alternates between effervescence and melancholy.
Written on October 13, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
Italo Calvino’s experimental novel If on a winter’s night a traveler aims to amuse and arouse.
Written on October 12, 2009 at 10:23 am, by Abby Margulies
Remembering Mercedes Sosa.
Written on October 11, 2009 at 11:21 am, by Abby Margulies
Tsai Ming-Liang uses the isolation of the cinema experience to beautiful and unsettling ends.
Written on October 8, 2009 at 11:20 am, by Abby Margulies
In the face of success, indie and prog rockers act out through their music.
Written on October 7, 2009 at 7:26 am, by Abby Margulies
Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo will draw you into a world of mysticism, faith, suspicion and excellent storytelling.
Written on October 6, 2009 at 8:24 am, by Abby Margulies
Welcome back, Baffler!
Written on October 5, 2009 at 8:50 am, by Abby Margulies
A fairy tale which fits in your pocket.
Written on October 1, 2009 at 11:26 am, by Abby Margulies
Think of this recommendation as a dubious meal which has turned out to be so surprisingly delicious that I feel it would be quite unfair for you not to enjoy it with me.
Written on September 30, 2009 at 11:39 am, by Abby Margulies
Eighty years of Sartoris: what Faulkner and García Márquez have in common.
Written on September 29, 2009 at 9:56 am, by Abby Margulies
If Oscar Wilde wrote stories in which characters got devoured by wild animals, the result would look a lot like the works of Saki.
Written on September 28, 2009 at 10:26 am, by Abby Margulies
Usher in autumn with a spell-binding classical composition.
Written on September 24, 2009 at 10:09 am, by Abby Margulies
An author’s solitary retreat is interrupted by a sinister mystery.
Written on September 21, 2009 at 9:22 am, by Abby Margulies
This hectic novel of a mind unhinged is both hilarious and horrifying, like Gogol’s madman let loose in a violent and corrupt Central America.
Written on September 17, 2009 at 9:52 am, by Abby Margulies
Unleash your inner comic book geek and escape to the action-packed world of Zot!
Written on September 16, 2009 at 9:23 am, by Abby Margulies
The King is deeply and wonderfully disturbing...
Written on September 15, 2009 at 8:12 am, by Abby Margulies
Hope Edelman’s The Possibility of Everything, a journey through her early days of being a wife and mother, is both hilarious and resonant.
Written on September 14, 2009 at 11:08 am, by Abby Margulies
O’Hara’s seismographic recordings of motion on paper are at once sculptural and poetic.
Written on September 11, 2009 at 9:02 am, by Abby Margulies
If you can’t make it to her reading on Monday, you should probably get your hands on Adrienne Rich’s masterpiece, Diving Into The Wreck.
Written on September 10, 2009 at 9:13 am, by Abby Margulies
Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech skips the usual fluff and gets to the heart of the matter.
Written on September 9, 2009 at 9:47 am, by Abby Margulies
One of Argentina’s best writers tells an unsettling ghost story set in an unfinished apartment building.
Written on September 8, 2009 at 9:00 am, by Abby Margulies
What comedy should ensue when the Queen of England (previously a non-reader) visits a mobile library and (gasp!) borrows a book?
Written on September 2, 2009 at 8:43 am, by Abby Margulies
Let Meakin reintroduce you to the screwball comedy!
Written on September 1, 2009 at 10:24 am, by Abby Margulies
The Looming Tower is a must read for those who wish to understand the forces at play which culminated in 9/11.
Written on August 31, 2009 at 9:58 am, by Abby Margulies
Tony d’Souza’s The Konkans is a moving, hilarious, and seductive immigrant’s tale.
Written on August 27, 2009 at 9:11 am, by Abby Margulies
Watch the music video that saved the song.
Written on August 26, 2009 at 8:06 am, by Abby Margulies
Two friends—Rochel (an Orthodox Jew) and Nasira (a Muslim)— share something in common beyond teaching at the same school in Brooklyn.
Written on August 25, 2009 at 8:31 am, by Abby Margulies
Engaging and inspiring books to help sharpen your poetic craft.
Written on August 24, 2009 at 8:14 am, by Abby Margulies
Throughout this excellent poetry collection, four very different poets sing quietly of the world around them, raise their voices in anger at injustices, and never stop digging.
Written on August 22, 2009 at 8:51 am, by Abby Margulies
The art showcased in Futr Wrld is honest about one thing: no matter what happens to the planet, people will always survive by CTRL+ALT-ing their environment.
Written on August 20, 2009 at 8:15 am, by Abby Margulies
I understand that the Kindle has its place. But when I hear “experts” extol of the virtues of California’s recent decision to use electronic textbooks...I find myself wondering why our culture seems to value that which is novel without asking a few questions first.
Written on August 19, 2009 at 8:36 am, by Abby Margulies
Colson Whitehead takes us through teen-aged Benji’s coming of age over a partially-unsupervised summer at Sag Harbor in 1985.
Written on August 17, 2009 at 8:43 am, by Abby Margulies
Author Robert Wright attempts to depolarize the religion debate.
Written on August 13, 2009 at 8:48 am, by Abby Margulies
Spike’s new violently entertaining show combines science and wit to satisfy your deep-seated curiosity concerning one weapon’s dominance over another.
Written on August 12, 2009 at 8:28 am, by Abby Margulies
Okay, so all poets are obsessed with death, but Thomas James is intimate, and that intimacy leads to insight rather than self-pity.
Written on August 11, 2009 at 9:14 am, by Abby Margulies
A beautiful portrayal of optimism in the face of poverty.
Written on August 10, 2009 at 8:34 am, by Abby Margulies
Set in 1930-40s India, there are no frills or golden endings in this understated, moving film—only the promises we all wish we could keep.
Written on August 7, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
Not only is this book a man’s disassembling and reassembling of himself, and his struggle to maintain sanity; it is also a glimpse into Nigeria’s days of tumultuous infancy.
Written on August 6, 2009 at 9:28 am, by Abby Margulies
My friend said The Hurt Locker had been called the most realistic Iraq war film made thus far. And I believe her.
Written on August 5, 2009 at 8:27 am, by Abby Margulies
In City of Thieves, Lev and Kolya risk their lives for a cake and a second chance.
Written on August 4, 2009 at 8:18 am, by Abby Margulies
In The Children’s Hospital, Earth suffers an apocalyptic flood. Nothing exists anymore; no life, except for a floating children’s hospital, protected by angels...
Written on August 3, 2009 at 8:11 am, by Abby Margulies
Prisoners depicts Goldberg’s journey from being a heady, idealistic Zionist who dropped out of Penn to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces, into a disillusioned, embittered soldier manning Israel’s infamous Ketziot prison camp during the first Palestinian uprising.
Written on August 2, 2009 at 9:07 am, by Abby Margulies
Marlon James’s John Crow’s Devil is a haunting account of Gibbeah, a remote Jamaican town in the 1950s. James is a gritty writer whose prose can have you squirming in your seat.
Written on August 1, 2009 at 9:45 am, by Abby Margulies
Jonas has converted to Islam and recently been sequestered. In exactly thirty-one hours, he is supposed to commit an act of terrorism in the New York City subway. Kinda gutsy, no?
Written on July 31, 2009 at 8:37 am, by Abby Margulies
The poems in Darcie Dennigan’s debut collection, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, radiate.
Written on July 30, 2009 at 8:26 am, by Abby Margulies
From Laos to America: a family’s story of war, separation, tragedy, and reunion.
Written on July 29, 2009 at 8:51 am, by Abby Margulies
A fresh look at Iran.
Written on July 27, 2009 at 7:43 am, by Abby Margulies
No matter how much you badger me, I am not wading into War and Peace this summer. But novellas! Oh, novellas are like mint juleps on an August afternoon.
Written on July 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm, by Abby Margulies
The Planet Earth box set is one of the best possible uses of that hard-earned $37.99 you have lying around underneath the cushions of your couch.
Written on July 24, 2009 at 8:31 am, by Abby Margulies
This Harper’s article describes how the system is so deliberately skewed to deny accountability that we began to conflate economic fantasy with reality, to the point where now we can hardly distinguish our own spin.
Written on July 23, 2009 at 8:24 am, by Abby Margulies
If you’re a fan of The Wire then you will want to get yourself the novels of Price and Pelecanos (who write for the show). These novels are as gritty as any episode.
Written on July 22, 2009 at 8:59 am, by Abby Margulies
At the end of the day, the characters in GraceLand desire the same things as everyone else: warm meals, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and the freedom to be who they are.
Written on July 21, 2009 at 8:29 am, by Abby Margulies
From its playful beginning to its horrific climax and heartening denouement, the acting, the music, the dialogue in Ruined all work together to achieve a story as politically powerful as it is simple.
Written on July 20, 2009 at 8:00 am, by Abby Margulies
Leebaert makes the case in To Dare and to Conquer that special operations and the qualities that define them—ingenuity, speed, and audacity—have not only decided battles, but have swung the history of civilizations.
Written on July 16, 2009 at 8:00 am, by Abby Margulies
When Doug Burr’s Thing About Trouble came on two winters ago, I had that immediate connection certain songs engender.
Written on July 15, 2009 at 8:17 am, by Abby Margulies
Elias Khoury: “Beirut’s past is not of stability, but of violent change. Everything is open, uncertain. In my fiction [Yalo], you’re not sure if things really happened, only that they’re narrated. What’s important is the story, not the history.”
Written on July 14, 2009 at 7:52 am, by Abby Margulies
To watch Contempt now (whether for the first time or the tenth time) in the fallout of savage capitalism is to reconsider its beautifully drawn dilemma: how can art survive the onslaught of industry?
Written on July 13, 2009 at 7:45 am, by Abby Margulies
Inflating a Dog’s inventive tale is touching and, in spots, hilarious, and Peter and his mother’s journey and quest for fame call to mind Don Quixote.
Written on July 12, 2009 at 8:46 am, by Abby Margulies
You notice, as you pass your local art house theater, that Food, Inc. is playing alongside a Jacques Rivette picture, whose name you recognize from a French New Wave class you took in college. You find the prospect of reading subtitles for four hours an unbearable anathema, so you buy a thirteen-dollar ticket to Food, Inc., which is just about to start...
Written on July 11, 2009 at 8:24 am, by Abby Margulies
The Neverending Story will make you remember the reality of fantasy when you begin to ask yourself some of the questions posed to Atreyu and Bastian Balthazar Bux.
Written on July 10, 2009 at 8:33 am, by Abby Margulies
On the life and mysterious death of a legendary wildlife filmmaker in Africa.
Written on July 9, 2009 at 7:32 am, by Abby Margulies
Matt & Kim’s Grand will put you in a good mood even if you don’t want to be in one.
Written on July 8, 2009 at 7:07 am, by Abby Margulies
In this film, the director uses her father, First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus, as a lens through which to explore four freedom of speech cases tried over the course of American history.
Written on July 7, 2009 at 7:59 am, by Abby Margulies
Sometimes there’s nothing better than nonfiction in a poet’s hands.
Written on July 6, 2009 at 7:50 am, by Abby Margulies
When we discuss subjects like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and issues involving questions of Jewish identity, we often devote attention to the intricacies and neglect to address a far more obvious, yet challenging question: Who is a Jew?
Written on July 4, 2009 at 8:42 am, by Abby Margulies
Edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead is a quiet, yet powerful collection of great love stories, from Chekhov to Munro. These are stories which search for and lose love.
Written on July 3, 2009 at 7:00 am, by Abby Margulies
Tawada’s novel doesn’t hesitate to explore complex issues of identity and representation in an image-saturated world, but what has stayed with me the most is how her prose beautifully embodies her young character’s fragile and preoccupied state of mind.
Written on July 2, 2009 at 7:00 am, by Abby Margulies
Hardwick defies genre in this lyric memoir/novel, championing the sentence above all else. NYRB Classics did us all a favor when they resurrected Sleepless Nights from the out-of-print graveyard in 2001.
Written on July 1, 2009 at 7:00 am, by Abby Margulies
What’s so thrilling about Cloud Atlas is how complete it feels not in spite but because of this narrative fragmentation. Instead of collapsing under the weight of its own invention, Cloud Atlas breathes and thrives like a collection of living voices.
Written on June 29, 2009 at 9:52 am, by Abby Margulies
What makes The Bubble worth watching is the way it exposes the complex lives and realities of Palestinians and Israelis and makes us pose questions about our own humanity.
Written on June 28, 2009 at 9:55 am, by Abby Margulies
I recommend Asa’s self-titled debut album because there are some things that are too stunning not to be shared.
Written on June 27, 2009 at 8:06 am, by Abby Margulies
There’s a lot of talk these days about vampires. Vampire movies, vampire books, vampire sex symbols. Well, you can keep your vampires. I’ll take werewolves over those bloodsuckers any day, thank you very much. And while we’re at it, I’ll take my story about werewolves written in verse, please.
Written on June 26, 2009 at 11:11 am, by Abby Margulies
The short stories in Nothing Right all revolve around midwestern women in complicated relationships, both familial and romantic.
Written on June 25, 2009 at 10:02 am, by Abby Margulies
Synecdoche New York is a brilliant film that is sad, strange, illuminating, funny, epic, and totally original.
Written on June 24, 2009 at 9:56 am, by Abby Margulies
Nothing comes easy in O’Neill’s complex novel—neither dreams nor lengthy jaunts through a New York populated by “others.”
Written on June 23, 2009 at 9:30 am, by Abby Margulies
As the crisis in Iran has unfolded, one book has received numerous mentions across the blogosphere: Amir Taheri’s The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution.
Written on June 22, 2009 at 11:52 am, by Abby Margulies
When poet Paul Guest, who was paralyzed in an accident as a child, writes of his condition in My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge, he is simultaneously blunt, frenzied, grief-stricken, and humorous.