The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

Edgar Degas's "Ballettprobe," c. 1875 (The Yorck Project)

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The Long (and Short) History of the ChokerMegan Garber traces the history of the little accessory making a major comeback in contemporary fashion.



Insecure Is Quietly RevolutionaryDavid Sims explains how Issa Rae’s insightful, funny new HBO sitcom takes on issues both universal and specific.

The Anger of Samantha BeeMegan Garber discusses how the Full Frontal host’s take on the Trump Tapes shows how deeply the election’s outrage has permeated American culture.

Halt and Catch Fire’s Sad Ballad of the FutureDavid Sims laments the end of the brilliant AMC show’s third season.

American Housewife Has a Weight ProblemMegan Garber shows how ABC’s new show makes progress by casting a non-skinny lead, but undercuts it by making her character obsessed with her body.

Atlanta Is One of the Most Versatile Shows on TVDavid Sims analyzes how Donald Glover’s new FX show transforms itself from drama to sitcom to sketch comedy each week.

Falling Water Is the Dull Endpoint of Conspiracy-Theory TVSpencer Kornhaber reviews USA’s new supernatural drama.

Fresh Off the Boat and the Elusiveness of HomeLenika Cruz explores how two network shows raise questions about geography and belonging.

The Battle for the Soul of RuPaul’s Drag RaceSpencer Kornhaber weighs in as All Stars 2 crowns its controversial winner.

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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Isn’t About MusicSpencer Kornhaber weighs in on the value of language and words in light of the legendary songwriter’s prestigious award.

The Familiar Insanity of Blaming BeyoncéSpencer Kornhaber takes on Republican pundits for their bizarre attempts to draw parallels between Trump’s misogynistic comments and rap music.

Donald Trump Is Terrific Protest-Music InspirationSpencer Kornhaber listens to a new Dave Eggers-curated collection of songs written against the Republican candidate.

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The Accountant Is a Moral and Narrative TrainwreckChristopher Orr reviews Ben Affleck’s new film, which begins well, and then completely falls apart.

Desierto Is a Horror Movie in the Age of TrumpDavid Sims considers Jonas Cuarón’s movie, which follows a racist vigilante who stalks and murders Mexican immigrants.

Is Mascots Too Mean?Megan Garber argues Christopher Guest’s latest mockumentary might go a little too far in its mockery.

The Quiet Feminism of Certain WomenDavid Sims praises the hopeful, devastating new indie film starring Kristen Stewart.

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How Ken Bone Became a BrandMegan Garber tracks the rise of the man who went from undecided voter at the presidential debate to internet sensation overnight.